Today, Thursday 3 December, marks the International Day of People with Disabilities. Knowsley Council is using this as an opportunity to remind residents in the borough with visible or invisible disabilities that if they experience hate crime they are not alone and are encouraged to report it.
This year’s theme for the day of awareness is ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible’ and will focus on spreading awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent, such as sight or hearing impairments, brain injuries, neurological disorders, and learning differences.
Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, Cllr Shelley Powell, said:
“The International Day of People with Disabilities provides us with a moment to reflect on the many forms that disability comes in and the experiences of our residents with disabilities, both visible and invisible.
“Today also provides us with an opportunity to support our disabled residents and let them know if they are ever the victim of hate crime they are not alone. We urge them to report any incident of hate crime – no matter how small it may seem, it is not insignificant and together we can tackle it.”
This month also marks UK Disability History Month (UKDHM), an annual event creating a platform to focus on the history of Disabled People’s journey towards equality and human rights. You can read more about UKDHM here.
What is Hate Crime?
Hate Crime is defined as an act where the victim or anyone else thinks it was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on one of the following things: Disability, Sex, Age, Race, Religion, Transgender identity, Sexual orientation.
How can I report Hate Crime?
If it feels like the situation could get heated or violent very soon or if someone in immediate danger call 999 straight away.
You can report hate crime online or call 101. If you’d prefer to speak to a police officer in person visit a police station, Merseyside Police can provide a safe and comfortable environment at any of our police stations.
Alternatively, if you don’t feel comfortable reporting it to the police you can report it to Stop Hate UK 0800 138 1625.
Reports can also be made, and safety can be found at Merseyside Fire and Rescue stations across Knowsley and Merseyside. Providing there are fire officers on site, you can report any incident of hate crime here. If the fire station is closed and you need immediate assistance all fire stations have yellow phone boxes outside the building that will connect you to the emergency response control room.
Knowsley Disability Concern (KDC)
KDC provides a range of services to help people have choices, be in control and enjoy more independence. You can find out more on their website https://www.kdc.org.uk/. Despite the Covid pandemic, KDC’s offices remain open to visitors by appointment and staff are on hand to support anyone reporting incidents of hate crime or similar.