Hate crime reporting gap persists, but watchdog welcomes progress

There is still a substantial gap between the number of disability hate crimes committed and how many are reported to police, although many public bodies are “making progress” with their response to disability-related harassment, according to a new report.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) was reporting on progress with how authorities are dealing with disability-related harassment, since it published Manifesto for Change last year.

The commission said that the case of Bijan Ebrahimi, who was murdered this summer in Bristol after suffering years of targeted harassment and abuse, highlighted “the urgent need for authorities to take further steps to ensure that harassment is taken more seriously”.

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