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Don’t suffer in silence – victims of disability hate crime urge others to speak out

by Laura Johnston

People who have been affected by bullying, abuse and hate because of a disability are being urged to seek support in a powerful new video released to mark National Hate Crime Awareness Week (13 to 20 October 2018).

Victims of disability-related hate crime and support workers have joined forces with Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy to produce the short film, which encourages people to speak out and get help.

The four-minute video (below) promotes the help, care and support offered by Daisy Inclusive UK who are working with the Commissioner to provide a dedicated support service for victims of disability hate crime across Merseyside as part of the Victim Care Merseyside service. It features testimony from two men who have been helped to rebuild their lives after being supported by Daisy Inclusive UK.

Jane Kennedy, who has commissioned the dedicated disability hate crime support service for the next three years, said: “Subjecting somebody to abuse and hatred simply because they have a disability is abhorrent and reprehensible. Those who do so deserve to be brought to justice and those who have suffered at their hands deserve the best possible care and support.

I am proud to be working with Daisy Inclusive UK to deliver this service. I hope this short video will help to show victims of this despicable crime just how seriously we treat their experiences and encourage anyone who out there who is suffering to come forward. They should not be afraid or scared to speak out, Daisy Inclusive UK is a fantastic organisation which is here to help.”

Daisy Inclusive UK can offer support over the phone, at an individual’s home or at their centre at 2 Barnes Street in Everton. You can reach them on 0151 261 0309

If you, or someone you know has been affected by hate crime, report it to Merseyside Police via their social media desk @MerPolCC or by calling 101. If you don’t wish to speak to the police, you can also report it to national charity Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625