Don’t let disability hate crime go unreported. That’s the key message of a new, hard-hitting DVD, supported by North Lanarkshire’s Adult Protection Committee, which aims to raise awareness of this hate crime.
A group of people with disabilities put forward their ideas and experiences on the issue and joined forces with Universal Comedy, commissioned to produce the DVD, with the aim of encouraging more people to report disability hate crime.
The DVD includes a number of sketches written and presented by members of the group. It also includes an account of how those involved in the project made the film. Plans are afoot to take the DVD on the road and present it to various peer groups, staff and community groups.
The DVD is now available to view now on Youtube below.
Whether you’re subjected to disability hate crime or witness it – Report it – by contacting Police Scotland on 101.
Councillor Sam Love, Convener of Housing and Social Work Services praised the work of the group that produced the DVD. He said: “The feedback already received from the first DVD screening is very positive, and the standard of film reflects the hard work and commitment of those involved in putting it together. I would like to thank Universal Comedy for their ongoing technical support throughout the production stages. Initiatives like this one help raise public awareness and I hope will encourage more people to come forward and report incidents. We will continue to ask for public support to help change people’s attitudes and reduce the number of disability hate crimes occurring.”
Those involved in the project received training in presentation skills and the DVD was informally launched at a special family screening recently. John Paul Woods participated in the project. He said: “It was good to be a part of making the DVD and coming up with the material.”
Funding was provided by the council’s Social Work and Learning and Leisure Services.
Viv Gee, Universal Comedy Tutor said: “I loved working with this group. We felt like a big family and everyone was involved from start to finish. It was great to witness the confidence grow in individuals each week as their ideas began to take shape.Feedback from parents tells us we are improving the lives of participants.”
Sergeant Alan Mulholland of Police Scotland commended the group for their work in producing a film which will be used to raise awareness of this type of crime across local communities – with the aim of reducing such incidents across North Lanarkshire. He said: “Police Scotland is very supportive of the work of the North Lanarkshire Disability Hate Crime Project. PC Garry Cook contributed to the film, reinforcing the seriousness of any hate crimes or incidents reported to the police and that they are investigated thoroughly. There is no tolerance for anyone who is ignorant or abusive towards any particular groups or individual within society and thankfully we have certain legislation to deal with this.”