How do you know when you've been on the receiving end of a disability hate crime? A new resource from the Crown Prosecution Service answers this question and explains what to expect once you've reported it to the police.

When someone is hostile to you because of your disability and they show this through intimidation, harassment, damaging property or violence it is a hate crime. 

Hate crime reporting is increasing and as of this week prosecutors are being advised to treat hate crimes committed on social media in the same way as those committed elsewhere.

The Crown Prosecution System recently recognised the social model of disability and say they are committed to breaking down the barriers that have made it statistically harder for disabled people to win justice.

The new publication outlines special measures that are available to disabled people to make it easier to provide evidence as a victim or witness of a hate crime.