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Crimes against Disabled People: Prosecutions

Volume 638: debated on Thursday 22 March 2018

10. What steps the CPS is taking to increase the effectiveness of prosecutions for crimes against disabled people. (904518)

The effects of crimes against disabled people are damaging and wide-ranging, and those crimes have no place in our society. To raise awareness of them, the CPS has revised its public policy statement, and published guides on reporting and recognising hate crime, and a support guide for victims with disabilities.

What more can disability groups in my constituency do to raise the question of disability hate crime?

My hon. Friend is right to talk about the invaluable role played by disability support groups. Third-party reporting, where people with disabilities can have the confidence to report a crime, is invaluable. My advice would be for them to work with the police to make sure that we drive up rates of reporting and the number of prosecutions.