Project information

Reducing disability hate crime

Providing regional face to face support, workshops and training around the issue of crime against disabled people.
Support involves helping disabled victims achieve justice
Workshops on keeping safe are peer led and targeted at vulnerable people
Training is for police on disability awareness

September 2010 - September 2012

Charity information

Voice UK

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  • Need


    Around 11 million adults in the UK are disabled. Disabled people are four times more likely to be a victim of crime, with people with a learning disability or a mental illness at greatest risk of becoming a victim. Violence and hostility can be a daily experience so much so that many disabled people begin to accept it as a part of everyday life. Disabled victims are still ignored, disbelieved or not trusted as serious witnesses. Disabled people are being denied justice for crimes against them.


    Voice UK will provide regional support for vulnerable victims, co-ordinate peer led keeping safe workshops for people with disabilities and deliver disability hate crime training to police and professionals.
    Support will be face to face helping victims acccess special measures, pre trial court visits and support at police interviews
    Workshops will be peer led practical courses on staying safe
    Training using case studies will make police and professionals more disability aware.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Support vulnerable victims of crime


    » Provide face to face support to disabled victims of crime to inform them of special measures and provide support at police interviews
    » Promote the national telephone helpline to all disabled people in the region

    Success will be supporting 240 victims of crime face to face and increasing the prosecution rate of crimes against disabled people

    Aim 2

    Train police and professionals in disability awareness so that disabled victims are not disbelieved


    » Deliver disability awareness and disability hate crime training using experise built on supporting disabled victims for 15 years

    Success will be delivering 50 training courses and demonstrating that participants are more disability aware after the course.

    Aim 3

    Help disabled people keep safe through delivering peer led workshops


    » Delivering peer led keeping safe and respect sex courses targeted at people with learning and other disabilities focussing on teaching practical skill

    Success will be delivering workshops to 300 vulnerable people and demonstrating new skills learnt around keeping safe and sexual awareness

  • Impact


    Reduced crime and bullying against disabled people in regions the project takes place
    Increased prosecutions. Home office figures show that 31% of all people prosecuted for disability hate crimes were acquitted, compared to just 13.2% of people prosecuted for all crimes.
    Police with better understanding of needs of disabled victims and hence greater satisfaction amongst disabled people about treatment from justice system.


    The risks of this project is need outstripping the supply. Voice UK training and workshops have high input from members of staff with disabilities. To deal with this risk Voice UK looking at recruiting volunteers with disabilities within regions to support workshop and training delivery
    The one to one victim support is time intensive and may also require volunteer input.


    Donors will receive a monthly report with the following details
    Numbers of disabled victims supported
    Numbers of workshops delivered and to how many people
    Skills learnt at workshops
    Impact of training on attitudes of police and professionals.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £24,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Keeping safe workshops Holding 40 workshops for 300 vulnerable people
      £8,000 Disability hate crime training Delivering 20 training sessions to 1000 police and professionals
      £6,000 one to one support Supporting 240 victims of crime face to face
  • Background


    Voice UK is based in Derby and provies regional support in Greater Manchester and the West Midlands and Devon/Cornwall. Voice UK would like to extend regional support to London, Scotland, the North East and Mersyside.


    People with disabilities who are being abused or bullied and are scared living in their local community.
    People with disabilities who have been victims of sexual abuse, financial abuse or physical abuse.
    Carers and professionals supporting or workins with disabled people.
    Police, social workers and health professionals working with disabled victims

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Voice UK has 15 years experience supporting disabled victims of crime. The charity is highly regarded within the criminal justice field especially in terms of training delivery which testimonials describe as passionate and insightful and really does change attitudes. Voice UK's peer led workshops are unique and Voice UK's staff with learning disabilities are praised for their professionalism. Voice UK's relationship with the police means involvement with victims really can help achieve justice.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kathryn Stone OBE

    Chief executive and head of Voice UK and as such overall head of this project. Works closely with chief police, politicians and social care workers.

    Sarah Capewell

    Business and Sustainability Manager and Project Manger for the regional work. Responsible for ensuring the sustainability of the organisation

    Jon Penn

    Training Co-ordinator will ensure that any regional support set up can be sustained through generating fee earing training once reputation established