Hate Crime & Violence

Vision Sense is at the forefront of disablist hate crime research and involvement.

It has conducted pioneering work to map and tackle disablist hate crime in the North East following the deaths of Brent Martin, a disabled man from Sunderland, who was kicked to death for a five pound bet and Christine Lakinski, a disabled woman from Hartlepool, who was urinated upon while she was dying. Brent and Christine were both murdered in 2007; despite evidence of hate in both these cases, none of the perpetrators received increased sentences for the aggravated attacks.

Disabled women are between 2 and 4 times more likely to experience sexual violence than non-disabled women or disabled men.

You can read our reports about disablist hate crime and violence against disabled people, as well as our peer-reviewed academic research to map and tackle hate crime and evidence here.

Our work with victims and Survivors to tackle institutional abuse and prevent disablist hate crime was chosen as best practice by the Office of Disability Issues in Government:

If you would like training to tackle hate crime or ensure safeguarding in your organisation, contact us.

'Access to Specialised Victim Support Service for Women with Disabilities who have Experienced Violence' is a project about disabled women who have experienced violence and need access to support services in four European Countries (Austria, Germany, United Kingdom and Iceland). Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in Vienna, Austria, led the project, which was funded by the DAPHNE programme of the European Commission, from 2013-2015. The European partners were the Universities from Leeds (GB), Gießen (Germany) and Iceland. Dr. Susie Balderston of Vision Sense was an advisor to the UK project.


Leaflet for disabled women: Violence and abuse - What Can I Do? Vienna: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights. Edited by Sonali Shah, Susie Balderston and Sarah Woodin (2015)


Violence and abuse FINAL.pdf

Access to support services and protection for disabled women who have experienced violence: Results and Recommendations for service providers and policy makers. Vienna: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights. 
Edited by Sonali Shah, Susie Balderston and Sarah Woodin (2015).


Access to victim services disabled women FINAL.pdf


Vision Sense Safety and Justice Ambassadors

If you would like training with disabled or Deaf people who have experienced violence, overcome the barriers and are qualified trainers, contact Vision Sense.  If your organisation would like to host one of our Safety and Justice Ambassadors, contact us.

Our online hate crime and safeguarding training packages are coming soon!