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Dorset charity plays crucial role in tackling disability hate crime
A DORSET charity has played a crucial role in a national initiative to tackle disability hate crime nationwide.
The report by Access Dorset was officially launched by the minister for disabled people, Esther McVey.
Now its findings have been published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
The research brings together case studies from around the country about approaches taken by Disabled Peoples User Led Organisations (DPULOs) in tackling hate crime.
The Dorset charity’s report DPULOs Making A Difference: Disability Hate Crime is being sent to every police force and crime commissioner in the country.
Jonathan Waddington-Jones, chief executive of Access Dorset, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to lead on this important work that affects so many disabled people – including many in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.
“We are very pleased to be working with Dorset Police and the local councils towards implementing the learning from the study in Dorset and we recently presented the report to the new police and crime commissioner.”
The document can be found in various formats – including “easy read” and Welsh – on the Office For Disability Issues (ODI) website.
Access Dorset is a partnership of 17 disabled and older people’s organisations in the county.
Its report has highlighted how important it is for police forces and councils to work in partnership with disabled people’s organisations to increase confidence in reporting.
Earlier this year a survey by Access Dorset highlighted that 40 per cent of disabled and older people in Dorset have experienced harassment or hate crime, but very few report it.
Recommendations include establishing independent reporting centres, offering more support to people affected. It also suggested regular briefings between councils, police and user-led organisations to ensure disability hate crime is always on the radar. Another recommendation was to involve disabled and older people in in-house training.
Visit odi.dwp.gov.uk and accessdorset.org.uk for more details.