Disability Hate Crime

Disabled people have the right to be safe in York, and free from abuse and violence. But disability hate crime happens. This is when someone hurts you because of your disability or because they think you are disabled.

York Disability Rights Forum wants action to stop hate crime, to increase reporting and to help disabled people access support.

YDRF has started a project to:

  • raise awareness of disability hate crime
  • share stories about hate crime experiences
  • empower people to act if they witness hate crime against a disabled person


We held our first meeting about disability hate crime in October and were joined by PC Stuart Henderson from North Yorkshire Police and members of York People First. Olivia wrote about the event afterwards for anyone who was unable to attend.

Marije represents York Disability Rights Forum on the York Tackling Hate Crime group run by the Council.

What is disability hate crime

If you are being targeted with crime because of your disability, then this is called a hate crime. If someone hurts you but it is not a crime then it is a hate incident. Hate crime can also happen because of race, religion, sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

People may hurt you in different ways: verbally, physically, financially, emotionally. If you ignore it then it may happen again or get worse.

North Yorkshire Police provides more information about hate crime including BSL and Easy Read.

North Yorkshire Disability Forum, Harrogate Mental Health Service User and Carer Involvement Group recorded a video with PC Stuart Henderson, Hate Crime Coordinator for North Yorkshire Police which you can watch on YouTube.

Report a hate crime

  • Tell the Police. Dial 101 or contact or visit your local police station. The North Yorkshire Police website lists other ways to contact them.
  • True Vision have an online hate crime reporting form. You can report anonymously if you prefer
  • Supporting Victims can help you report a hate crime and signpost to support.

In an emergency always dial 999. Deaf people can register for EmergencySMS.

Get support

If someone hurt you because of who you are, it is normal to find it difficult to report a crime, or to feel upset or insecure. Please tell someone you know, they may be able to help you.

In York there are two places where you can get support for dealing with hate crime.

Recent Blogs

  • Staying safe in York: Disability Hate Crime
    Thanks to Olivia, who has written about our first online event about Disability Hate Crime. York Disability Rights Forum (YDRF) hosted its first online Disability Hate Crime event on Thursday 14th October. Its aim was to raise awareness of hate crime, offer an opportunity to talk about individual experience of it and help people know …

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  • Hate Crime Awareness Project
    National Hate Crime Awareness Week runs from 9th to 16th October with the purpose of raising awareness of Hate Crime. York Disability Rights Forum has taken this opportunity to raise awareness of Disability Hate Crime. We formed a Hate Crime project several months ago and will be holding an online event during National Hate Crime …

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  • Join us to talk about disability hate crime
    Disability hate crime is on the increase As part of Hate Crime Week, join us to find out more about disability hate crime, including how to report it and how you can be an ally to anyone experiencing it. When: 5.30-7pm, Thursday 14th October Where: Online (Zoom) Accessibility: The event will use BSL interpreters and zoom …

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  • When two ideals collide
    We’re pleased to welcome volunteers Olivia and Kirsty to York Disability Rights Forum! Olivia has recently graduated with a degree in Criminology at Anglia Ruskin University and is aiming to do an MA in International Criminology in autumn 2022. OIivia and Kirsty are working with York Disability Rights Forum on a disability hate crime project. …

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