National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021 runs from 9–16 October 2021
In June 2021, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service released its latest report ‘Hate Crime in Scotland, 2020-21’ showing that the number of hate crimes relating to disability had increased by 14% to 448. This is the highest number of charges reported since the legislation creating this aggravation came into force in 2010. The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service maintain that around 97% of disability hate crime goes unreported.
At Disability Equality Scotland, we have been working with Transport Scotland and partners to launch the National Hate Crime Charter. We want all people using public transport networks in Scotland to be free from hate crime, prejudice, bullying or harassment. The Hate Crime Charter is to encourage transport providers and passengers to support a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime and encourage the reporting of incidents.
There are many ways to report a hate crime. Reporting it helps to combat it. Find out more at: www.accessibletravel.scot/hate-crime
Transport organisations can pledge their support to the Hate Crime Charter on our supporters page: www.accessibletravel.scot/supporters