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:
  • Ask the police – Via Police Scotland Website
  • 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 –

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).

The project aims to raise awareness with local young people and disability groups through the power of drama and film aimed at challenging attitudes and behaviours towards disabled people. Since the launch in September 2013, a live performance was delivered to over 10,000 people, including High schools, disability groups, staff groups, the police training college and the Scottish Parliament. A softer version, designed for primary school children was delivered to around 8,000 children in Renfrewshire.

People First (Scotland) –

People First (Scotland) have produced a video about recognising hate crime: