Disability Hate Crime Conference: Known Harms and Future Directions

Thursday 16 June 2022, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm BST, Leicester, UK


The purpose of this conference is to bring together, for the first time ever, victims, academics, support organisations and elements of the criminal justice system to discuss the impacts of disability hate crime (DHC).

This conference is a global first, which is being achieved with the help of the University of Leicester – a world leader in hate studies and being supported by the BSC Hate Crime Network.

The conference is not designed to offer a cure for DHC, instead it is a step on the way to justice for the victims of DHC. For that reason, we have the CPS, the police and academics who have contributed to the recent construction of new legislation to address DHC attending.

There is an option to attend virtually. Please select the virtual ticket and a Teams link will be sent.

Please only register for one ticket per person (either face to face or virtual). For any accessibility requests or extra information please contact Laura on Laura.Nevay@le.ac.uk.


09:00-09:30 Registration and Refreshments

09:30-09:50 Welcome and Introduction: Dr Irene Zempi on behalf of BSC Hate Crime Network, Dr David Wilkin on behalf of the Open University and Leicester University and Dr Leah Burch on behalf of Liverpool Hope University

09:50-10:10 Hidden Hate, Hidden Harms: Learning Lessons from Research Evidence: Professor Neil Chakraborti, Director of the Centre for Hate Studies, University of Leicester

10:10-10:30 Hate Crime and Specifically Disability: Dr David Wilkin, University of Leicester, The Open University

10:30-11:00 Break

Panel 1: The Impacts of DHC

11:00-11:20 The Impacts of Disability Hate Crime: Dr Leah Burch, Liverpool Hope University

11:20-11:40 Spread Love Not Hate: Susan Hanley & Amanda Haigh, Leep1

11:40-12:00 Keeping Sefton Safe – My Hate Crime Journey: Phil Hulme, People First Merseyside

12:00-12:20 Panel 1 Q&A: The Impacts of DHC – chaired by Dr David Wilkin

12:20-13:30 Lunch break

Panel 2 : Fighting DHC and Intersectional Hate

13:30-13:50 Progress and the Future of Policing Disability Hate Offences: Isla Dixon, Leicestershire Police

13:50-14:10 Prosecuting Disability Hate Crimes and Overcoming Difficulties: Mick Conboy, The Crown Prosecution Service

14:10-14:30 Perceptions of Disability, Sexuality and Hate Crime: Joshua Hepple, Freelance Disability Consultant

14:30-14:45 Panel 2 Q&A: Fighting DHC and Intersectional Hate – chaired by Dr Leah Burch

14:45-15:10 Break

Panel 3: Hope for the Future and including Violence Against Women and Girls

15:10-15:30 Changing the Law, Safeguarding Victims of Disability Hate: Professor Mark Walters, University of Sussex

15:30-15:5o be held 0 Countering Disability Hate Crime in the UK: Thoughts for the Future : Stephen Brookes MBE, Disability Champion Minister for Disabled People, Rail Sector Champion

15:50-16:10 Disabled Women’s Experiences of Unwanted Touching: An Intersectional Understanding: Hannah Mason-Bish, University of Sussex

16:10-16:25 Panel 3 Q&A: Hope for the Future and including Violence Against Women and Girls – chaired by Dr Irene Zempi


16:25-16:35 Conclusions: Dr David Wilkin, Dr Irene Zempi and Dr Leah Burch

16:35-17:00 End of Conference and Networking


Find out more information and book your free place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/disability-hate-crime-conference-known-harms-and-tickets-297922302627

This event will be held at University of Leicester Campus, Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, Fielding Johnson Building, Leicester, LE1 7RH, United Kingdom

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