Hate Crimes & Why Report Them

Ian Watlington

A long-standing stereotype is that people with behavioral health conditions are the perpetrators of crimes and should be feared. It also has been a long-standing fact that people with mental health diagnoses are much more likely to be victims of crime(s). The National Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is now taking data on incident(s) of hate involving people with disabilities (broadly defined). The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) has entered into an agreement with the Leadership Conference to aid them in collecting this consequential data. NDRN hopes to gain more insight on people’s experiences with incidents of hate and to guide him/her to the tools and formats in order to document these events. NDRN believes and wishes to demonstrate that people with lived experience are indeed targeted and, in many respects, a vulnerable population

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what constitutes a “hate incidence”
  • Learn what constitutes a “hate crime”
  • Realize the importance of reporting the event(s) and the impact of the statistics