Disability Hate Crime and 3rd party reporting
Hate Crime against disabled people happens when the perpetrator
of the offence is motivated by their prejudice towards disabled
people. Other crimes, such as theft or assault, can also be
aggravated by prejudice against the victim's disability.
Hate Crime legislation in Scotland has been strengthened to
protect disabled people and those from the lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgendered communities. The Offences (Aggravation by
Prejudice) (Scotland) Act 2009 came into force in March 2010. It
will better protect disabled people who are victims of violent
crime motivated by their disability. Where it can be proven that an
offence has been motivated by malice or ill-will based on the
victim's disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity,
the court must take that motivation into account when determining
In some cases victims or witnesses of hate crime do not feel
comfortable reporting this direct to the police and may be more
comfortable reporting it to someone they are familiar
3rd party reporting is a way of reporting a crime or
passing on information without talking to the police directly.
There are a number of local agencies which act as a 3rd party
reporting centres including Housing Associations and Advocacy
organisations. Victims, witnesses, carers or others can speak
privately to a member of their staff and they will pass your
information onto the police. You can ask for your information to be
investigated; leave details, but ask for your information not to be
investigated; leave no details, and ask for your information not to
be investigated (this helps police monitor areas where hate crime
may be rising).
You can also submit a report online through Police Scotland's
You can contact us by phone: 0131 313 5510 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org
to find out about a local centre near you.