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Disability Hate Crime Support 

A Disability Hate Crime is a criminal offence motivated by hatred or prejudice towards a person because of their actual or perceived disability. It could be a one off occurrence or it could be a series of on-going harassments.

At Ruils we worked with Merton Centre for Independent Living and Stay Safe East to raise awareness of Disability Hate Crime and to provide advocacy and support Deaf and disabled people who have been a victim of hate crime. Our pilot hate crime project ran until June 2020.

How Ruils can support you
Disability Hate Crime (some people call it bullying) can be very frightening and upsetting.

We will listen to your story and be there for you. We can provide you with information and advice, and help you decide what you want to do about it.

We can: 

  • help you report the incident to the Police, and support you through the process.
  • make a report to the  Police without giving your name.
  • ask Housing to take action if your neighbours are harassing you.
  • ask for your home to be made safe.
  • speak to your school or college if you are being bullied there.
  • speak to Transport for London if an incident happens on a bus, tube or train.

We can also help if you are a disabled person who is victim of any other form of hate crime, for example abuse because of your ethnic origin, religion, or because you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Call us on 020 88316083 or email for support

Stop Hate Uk provide a free telephone support service 
Call: 0800 138 1625
Text: 07717 989 025

Ring 999 if you are in immediate danger 
Ring 101 (text 18000 1010) to report a crime
If you are Deaf or without speech, you can register 
with EmergencySMS service – just text ‘Register’ to 999  

I’ve been called all sorts of names because I’ve got disabilities. It makes you feel like a lesser form of human being and makes you feel empty, angry, upset, confused, all of the above. And it just leaves you feeling hollow for so long.
Male, 26, with mild learning difficulties
Source: Identifying How Best to Support Hate Crime Victims University of Leicester