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)

 

 

2010

2011

2012

Total number of disability hate crime victims

 

132

 

132

 

119

People proceeded against for disability hate crime

 

48

 

38

 

18

Female victims of disability hate crime

 

64

 

53

 

54

Female victims of disability hate crime where the offence was sexual in nature

 

0

 

2

 

0

Number of disability hate crimes involving racism

 

31

 

11

 

16

CPS data, People prosecuted for disability hate crime

April 2010 March 2011

94

April 2011 March 2012

59

April 2012 January 2013

34

CPS data, People convicted for disability hate crime

April 2010 March 2011

53

April 2011 March 2012

37

April 2012 January 2013

17