Disability abuse may be physical and / or verbal and may be aimed at a disabled person or persons, or it may be that disability terminology or words are used in a derogatory manner towards non-disabled persons (such as a match official).
Examples of abuse are:
- Offensive language which may include name-calling, and insults
- Abusive verbal or written comments which are intended to threaten or intimidate
- Physical assault
- Domestic violence
- Financial exploitation
- Damage to property
- Sexual abuse and assault
- Threats and intimidation
Discriminatory abuse may be related to a single protected characteristic (such as disability) or may be related to more than one protected characteristic (e.g. racial, homophobic, sexist, and/or disability related, etc).
To report abuse you should contact any of the following organisations:
Level Playing Field
Level Playing Field will deal with any case of disability hate crime, abuse and discrimination with the utmost importance and discretion. We work closely with clubs and venues and will take any case of disability abuse to the club/venue in question, anonymously if you would prefer.
Telephone: 01923 545370
Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
via the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)
The contact numbers for the new service are:
Telephone: 0800 085 0508
The Rugby Football League
Telephone: 0330 111 1113
Kick it Out
Telephone: 020 3967 8989
or to report abuse call 0800 169 9414
Disability Rights UK: ‘Let’s Stop Disability Hate Crime’ Guidance
Below are some useful documents from Disability Rights UK on empowering disabled people and their organisations to tackle disability hate crime.