Hidden in plain sight

Our inquiry, which was GB-wide, shows that disability harassment is a daily experience for many disabled people. This summary of the main report draws out points particularly relevant to Wales.

People told us they routinely experience different forms of harassment such as name calling, physical violence, bullying and cyber-bullying, sexual harassment, domestic violence and financial exploitation.

Some disabled people say they just accept it as inevitable and live with it. Others try to rearrange their lives to avoid abusive situations. Often low level incidents escalate and, tragically, sometimes end in torture and death. Everyone we spoke to feels it damages their lives.

Our evidence shows that for many disabled people we are a long way from a Wales that treats everyone with dignity and respect. Ensuring the human rights of everyone in Wales are protected is an urgent task.

Last year the Commission published How fair is Wales? - our assessment of the greatest inequalities in Wales. Seven challenges emerged from this evidence. One of these is to reduce the incidence of hate crime targeted at disabled people and other groups and work is already underway to achieve this.

There are unique opportunities to make progress in Wales. The Welsh Government has identified tackling disability hate crime as a top equality priority and we have new equality duties which will enable public authorities to prioritise and deliver on this issue.

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Published: September 2011

Hidden in plain sight - Wales summary (pdf)
Hidden in plain sight - Wales summary (word)
Hidden in plain sight - Wales summary - BSL report


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