Promoting the safety and security of disabled people

In the report ‘Promoting the safety and security of disabled people’ published by the Commission of the EU on 29 April, research establishes that disabled people are at greater risk of being victims of targeted violence and hostility, and people with learning disabilities and mental health conditions face the greatest risk.
The report announces a three point plan to ensure the safety and security of disabled people which include: a statutory obligation for all public institutions – from schools and social landlords to hospitals – to eliminate hostile behaviour towards disabled people and to promote positive attitudes; support for disabled people to live independently and have access to justice through grants totalling £10.5 million to independent advocacy organisations; and the Commission will work with criminal justice agencies to remove barriers to disabled people taking legal remedies against violence, hostility and hate crimes, and use its legal powers where necessary. To find more about the research and report, visit here.