I am a parent or carer. What can I do for the person I care for?

If you, and the person you care for, understand the risks and warning signs of autism and learning disability hate crime, you will be better prepared to prevent it and report it.

Reporting a hate crime

We’ve worked with the National Police Chief’s Council to make a guide about how to spot and report a disability hate crime, and what happens when you do.

Download the guide

The guide is for carers and supporters of victims of disability hate crime, but the information it provides can help anybody who is concerned about someone at risk of a hate crime.

It gives you an understanding about what will happen when you report a hate crime and the rights of the victim.

Visit the hate crime reporting website

The report-it website can give you more information about how to report a hate crime.

Spotting the warning signs

Hate crime can come in different forms, and it might not be clear that someone is a victim. You know the person you care for best – if you notice something that concerns you, it’s important you try to understand what has caused it.

Some warning signs can be:

  • they are using harmful coping strategies, such as self-harm or alcohol abuse
  • their anxiety has increased with no immediate cause
  • there are changes in their self-care and hygiene.

Coercion or mate crime

“A group of people pretended to be my friends and conned me out of £4,000.”


“I had my mobile phone stolen in GCSEs…at uni other students told me I was targeted because I was weird.”

Property damage

“We had equipment provided to keep our disabled child safe repeatedly damaged and were mocked for having extra needs.”

Physical or sexual abuse

“My son was bullied at school and online…He has been called a r****d and a boy tried to gouge his eyes out.”

Verbal abuse or intimidation

“I’ve been called a paedophile, druggie, weirdo, r****d…”

Use the buttons below for advice on talking about and reporting hate crime.

Talking to the person you care for about hate crime

It is important you understand hate crime so you can discuss it with the person you care for an answer their questions or concerns.

We have written this page about hate crime for people with learning disabilities and/or autism, it can help you with those conversations.

Everybody is different, and you know how to support the person you care for best. It’s important to know that they can overcome these experiences and with patience, support and people around them they can trust.

In summer 2017, Clive who is a victim of hate crime presented his experiences to a crowd of people and how he moved forward. He’d like to share it with you.

I think someone I know is a victim of hate crime

If you suspect someone is a victim of a hate crime, there are different ways you can report it.

If you report the hate crime to the police you might have to work with them and the Crown Prosecution Service while the case is investigated and the perpetrator is on trial. Showing police officers our page about how they can support victims can help you.

Use the buttons below for advice on talking about and reporting hate crime.