In 2013, WinVisible asked these questions about disability hate crime in London, as a Greater London Authority disability consultative group member:
· How many disabled people have reported disability hate crime in London?
Of those, how many or what percentage have been prosecuted?
· What is the conviction rate?
· What proportion of disability hate crime is reported by women?
· What proportion of disability hate crime against women includes sexual offences such as sexual assault?
· How is this recorded and then prosecuted, in other words, is this also recorded under sexual offences, or not?
· What proportion of disability hate crime also includes racism?
The answers we got revealed that prosecutions and convictions had dropped to a low rate, similar to the low conviction rate for rape and racist attack. We do not believe that in three years, only two disability hate offences against women were sexual in nature. All women and girls are vulnerable, disabled women and girls even more so. Hostility to disabled women can often include sexual comments and worse.
Reported Disability Hate Crime in London (Met Police figures 2013)