Disability Hate Crime

Back to Life poster

Back to Life poster

Friends or Freeloaders?

Friends or Freeloaders?

The harassment of disabled people is a crime.  Some people call harassment 'bullying' or 'hate crime'.  Harassment can happen anywhere and is things like calling you names, hitting you or damaging your home or your things

If this happens to you, and you are in danger call 999.  If it is not an emergency, call the Police on 101 or the Adult Protection Phone Line on 01383 602200.


You can report online using the Hate Crime Incident Reporting Form.  You can also report disability hate crime to one of the  Third Party Reporting Centres in Fife.   Fife Community Safety Partnership webpages also contain information about hate incidents.



Our booklet 'Disability harassment is wrong' has been adapted from information by Inclusion Scotland and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.  Their info includes a Toolkit on Disability Related Harassment, an Easy Read version, and A Quick Guide to the Harassment of Disabled People in both pdf and word formats.    The APC also has a word document of Disability Hate Crime Resources, providing useful weblinks.  The Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability has created a 'Disability Hate Crime: What to Do Guide' for people with a learning disability.  This link will take you to a video by True Vision called 'Bully for You' about disability hate crime.  Peter McMahon's film 'My Life 2' gives his experiences of disability harassment.   Further resources are available at:, Police Scotland hate crime prevention campaign, Keep Safe initiative including the ‘I am me’ resources and Disability Rights UK Hate Crime Guidance



The ARC booklet  'Safety Net - Friend or Fake?' provides easy read guidance about 'Mate Crime'.  The Action Against Cruelty website is an English site, so Scottish law will be different, but the site provides excellent easy read information explaining what disability hate crime is, and provides further useful links.  The Enable the Change campaign challenges the use of abusive language and the bullying of people with learning disabilities.



As part of Fife's programming to the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, the Adult Protection Committee created the exhibition ‘Back to Life: Back to Reality’ which showed that disability harassment is an unwelcome common reality for many disabled people.  We're grateful to people from the Deaf Communication Service, Disabilities Fife, People First (Fife), The Forward Centre and West Fife Community Support  Service for sharing their stories and opinions. 



In 2010 the EHRC published Hidden in Plain Sight - an inquiry into disabilty related harassment.  This was followed by 'Out in the Open: A Manifesto for Change' report which sets out their final recommendations.   Fife Adult Protection Committee took disability hate crime as the main topic for their 2013 Staff Conference.  This followed our November 2012 Service User and Carer Conference called 'That's Not My Name' Out of Sight is a report by English charity Mencap, about stopping the abuse of people with a learning disability.


Adult Protection
Tel: 01383 602200
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