Support to Report: Don’t Stay Silent About Hate Crime

One in four people with a disability were victims of hate crime last year yet it is still massively under-reported to the police. We have created this short film to show how disability hate crime affects people in their daily life and to encourage people to act if they are victims of,  or witness acts of hate crime.

We want this film to be used to promote the message that disability hate crime should be reported. Please share this film and use as appropriate. If you wish to report a hate crime you can contact Police Scotland on 101, get in touch with a Third Party Reporting Centre or follow the link to  https://www.scotland.police.uk/secureforms/hate-crime/.

“We want learning disability hate crime to stop!”                        

About the Support to Report Group

In late 2015, The Advocacy Project was awarded money from the Scottish Government’s Keys To Life Development Fund to help people with learning disabilities access Third Party Reporting Centres to report hate crime.

They held some focus groups to find out what we knew about hate crime & third party reporting. They also asked for volunteers to get involved in spreading the word. They all said ‘yes’ and became the ‘Support to Report’ group.

They got together and talked some more about what would be important to them if they were going to report a hate crime. They developed a presentation and a charter that would help third party reporting centres to give the right help to people. They also did some training on how to stand up and talk in front of big groups and then they were ready to go!

They delivered their presentation to 23 Third Party Reporting Centres.  They told us that it was very useful for them to think about how accessible they were in helping people with a learning disability, and what they were meant to do as a Third Party Reporting Centre.

With more time and resources invested in our project, we used what we had learnt and decided to make some new presentations for people with learning disabilities and organisations that help them, to explain how they could report hate crime directly. We have delivered this to nearly 20 organisations and service users.

We wanted to complete the project with something that would making a lasting impact and could be used by anyone to help discuss disability hate crime. With the help of Urban Croft Films, we created this short film using our own experiences and thoughts. We hope that the film can be used to encourage people to report hate crime and think about its’ impact on peoples lives.

If you would like to get in touch about the film or our other work, please contact the Engagement & Involvement team on 0141 420 0961.

About the Engagement & Involvement Team

The Engagement & Involvement team are proud to have supported the Support to Report group on their journey. Over the last 15 months we have co-produced this resource with the group by facilitating discussion, developing the materials and supporting the group to deliver presentations. We believe that the impact and success of this work is entirely down to the involvement of the group members at every level.

If you would like to find out more about the work of the Engagement & Involvement team, please check out our page here.