Hate Crimes Against People With Disability Nearly Doubled in 2012

Posted on Dec 29, 2013

On November 25, 2013, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program released the 2012 statistics on hate crimes. Though the overall number of reported hate crimes had decreased from 2011 by 426 incidents, crimes targeting people with disabilities have nearly doubled.

The FBI defines a hate crime as a criminal offense motivated by a bias toward a particular race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, or physical or mental disability.

Disability bias accounted for 1.6%, or 102, of the 5,796 hate crimes reported in 2012—almost twice as many as the 58 reported in 201l, and more than double the 46 reported in 2010. According to the FBI, 82 of the crimes were tied to mental disability and 20 of the crimes were tied to physical disability.

According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, individuals with disability are faced with a much higher incidence of crime. Compared to other population segments, those with disability are more often victimized by people they know. Additionally, advocates believe that a large percentage of victims are less likely to report hate crimes due to the nature of their disabilities.

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Sean D. Cuddigan
SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska