how we can help you

how we can help you

“I didn’t realise that was a hate crime, I just put up with it.”

We want you to know that we will support you if you feel you have experienced a hate incident or crime, have an impairment or long-term health condition and live in Lambeth
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The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) use the following definitions:

A Hate Incident is “Any incident, which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate”.

A Hate Crime is “Any incident, which constitutes a criminal offence, perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate”.

The law can be difficult to understand. What seems like a hate crime may not be, even if it is a really upsetting experience, because of how the law defines different types of crime and hate crime. This can also mean that hate incidents and crimes can go unreported as they are not recognised as such.

DASL’s new service, part of the Lambeth Disability Hate Crime Partnership, provides a welcoming, safe place for you to talk in confidence about any incident or crime you have experienced that you feel was due to your disability. Even if you are not sure, you can contact us to discuss what happened and how you want to deal with the situation. This could involve signposting you to support services, going to meetings with you, or supporting you to report a disability hate crime or hate incident.

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Our advocate, Cheryl Lewis, can help you deal with issues and make decisions by:

- listening to you and providing emotional support

- advising you about your rights

- helping you decide if you want to report what has happened to you to the police, the Council or another agency

- if you do, assisting you to report the incident or crime, or making the report on your behalf

- supporting you at meetings including those with the police and Social Services

- identifying risks to your safety and working with you and other agencies to make a plan to keep you safe

- referring you to other services which can provide you with additional or more specialist help including legal advice

- helping you get other services which can improve your life

We can work with disabled people of all ages including people with:

- physical impairments
- visual and hearing impairments
- learning disabilities
- mental health issues
- neuro-diverse
- long-term health conditions

If you tell us personal information, we will keep it confidential.

If you are being harassed or bullied, we can report what happened without giving your name.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, we will keep the information you tell us confidential. We will never talk to your abuser. We will not tell other family members unless you want us to.