Placing the experiences of victims at its heart, this book provides an authoritative overview of disability hate crime - explaining what it is, how it happens, its legal status, the impact on victims and how individuals and agencies should respond.
The guide outlines innovative projects developed to address the problem, and provides tailored guidance for professionals spanning education, health and social care, and criminal justice. It also offers recommendations for effective multi-agency working.
After highlighting the crimes committed against disabled people and society's failure to protect them, the book concludes with a powerful argument for cross-government action to improve professional practice and eliminate disability-motivated hate crime.
Readers from many backgrounds will find much to stimulate their thinking in this edited collection of essays from academics, activists and policymakers. Disability hate crime has moved from being a poorly understood subject on the margins to a central part of the equality agenda for disabled people. Paul Giannasi, who has headed the British government's hate crime programme for many years and Robina Shah, an academic specialising in social care, have much to contribute. This book will further the debate about this critically important issue.