One of the core outcomes of the Accessible Travel Framework is to ensure disabled people feel comfortable and safe using public transport – this includes being free from hate crime, bullying and harassment when travelling.
What is a Hate Crime?
Police Scotland define a hate crime as any criminal offence committed against an individual or property that is motivated by a person’s hatred of someone because of his or her actual or perceived race, religion, transgender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
Here are some ways that you can report a hate crime
- Phone 999 – Emergency Calls
- Phone 101 – Non Emergency Calls
- Email – Contact via police Scotland
- BT 999 SMS – Text Relay Via BT for deaf and hard of hearing people
- Minicom and text relay – 1 800 1 101
- Report non urgent hate crime via online hate crime form: https://www.scotland.police.uk/secureforms/hate-crime/
- Ask the police – Via Police Scotland Website https://email@example.com
- Coming Soon – Keep safe app which has link to online hate crime form and police phone numbers
- Coming Soon – Direct text number for deaf and hard of hearing people following pilot in Fife
Hate Crime Reporting
Sometimes a person may feel more comfortable reporting a hate crime to someone other than the police. There are Hate Crime Reporting Centres all over Scotland, and these can make it easier for someone to report a hate crime, simply by talking to someone who will report the crime to the police for them.
I Am Me – www.iammescotland.co.uk
I Am Me is a community charity which works in partnership with Police Scotland to raise awareness of Disability Hate Crime (recognised as one of the most under report crimes in the UK).