Disability and Social Security

Reblogged from Beyond Disability


• Disabled people are significantly more likely to be victims of crime than non-disabled people. This gap is largest among 16-34 year-olds, where 39% of disabled people reported being victims of crime, compared to 28% of non-disabled people.
• It is estimated there are 62,000 disability motivated hate crimes each year on average.
• In 2013-14, there were 1,985 disability hate crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales, an 8% increase from 2012/13.
• 40% of disability hate crimes involved violence against the person; of these, 31% involved injury.

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• 27% of disability hate crimes involved public order offences, 13% involved criminal damage and arson, the remaining 20% involved crimes such as theft, burglary and sexual offences.
• More than 80% of 16 year olds with a statement of Special Educational Needs or disability have reported being bullied, compared to less than two thirds of non-disabled young people.
• 56% of disabled people said they had experienced hostility, aggression or violence from a stranger because of their condition or impairment.

• Disabled people are less likely than non-disabled people to think the criminal justice system is fair, 57% as opposed to 63%.
• A similar pattern is observed in attitudes of disabled and non-disabled people to whether the criminal justice system is effective, 38% compared to 44%.
• More than 20% of disabled people have experienced harassment in public because of their impairment.
• Harassment is the most common crime experienced by disabled people. Verbal abuse outside homes and repeat burglaries are common experiences.
• 9 out of 10 people with a learning disability have been a victim of hate crime and bullying.
• People with mental ill health are more likely to be the victims of crime than the perpetrators, and the costs to the criminal justice system are significant.
• Disabled people are significantly more likely to experience unfair treatment at work than non-disabled people (19% compared with 13%).
Courtesy of Papworth………’

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