Disability hate incidents involve violence or hostility based on prejudice against someone who is disabled. In a climate of increasing hate-related crimes, it is evident that there are still barriers that prevent individuals from reporting these type of incidents.
In collaboration with Essex Police, PIER is launching a new project to identifying the most effective approach to reporting and improving the quality of support offered to vulnerable people involved.
These will delve into five interrelated research areas of focus:
Project Lead Dr Olivia Smith is an experienced criminology researcher and lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University. Olivia is an expert on court responses to rape and teaches on a range of criminology modules including the modules as Adventures in Criminal Justice, Media & Crime, and Violent Crime.