Disability hate crime victims

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2009
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

From 2012/13 to 2014/15 there has been a 56% increase in disability hate crime victims. If these figures show an increased level of reporting, which is good, it also shows a clearer picture of disability hate crime offences across London, which is alarming. How are you tackling this problem?  Do you think the current approach is effective and what is your measure of success?

Answer

Answer for Disability hate crime victims

Answer for Disability hate crime victims

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to tackling hate crime in all its forms.  An increase in the reporting of hate crime can be positive and is one of the eight measures of success in my Hate Crime Reduction Strategy. This is especially welcome with regard to disability hate crime as there is evidence to suggest disabled hate crime victims are among the most reluctant to report.

There are a number of actions within my Hate Crime Reduction Strategy that specifically target disability hate crime. These include the process whereby all crimes against disabled people are flagged as hate crimes in the first instance, which has resulted in significant increases in the number of recorded hate crimes, even after the de-flagging of non-hate crimes; the MOPAC pilot Hate Crime Victim Advocates scheme and the implementation of Hate Crime Liaison Officers in every borough.  In addition, the MPS has over 900 specialist trained officers in Community Safety Units investigating hate crime. 

The MPS maintains excellent relationships with stakeholder groups and has established a Disability Hate Crime Working Group to help monitor training, consistency of service provision and the effectiveness of front line response officers and Community Safety Units. 

MOPAC is working closely with stakeholders to ensure that victims of disability hate crime receive the support they need. This includes the priority service for hate crime victims that I have commissioned from Victim Support to ensure they receive fast and effective support to help them cope and recover and to reduce repeat victimisation.