Disability-Related Hate Crimes Down
The number of reported hate crimes targeting people with disabilities fell last year, the FBI says.
There were 92 hate crime offenses based on disability bias recorded in 2013, according to statistics released this week from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program. That’s down from the year prior when 106 incidents were reported.
The decline mirrors a drop in the overall number of hate crimes documented. Last year, the FBI logged 5,928 criminal incidents, a decrease from 6,573 in 2012.
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Disability bias represented 1.4 percent of the hate crimes reported in 2013. Of them, 69 were related to mental disability and 23 were linked to physical disability, the FBI said.
For the first time this year, hate crimes statistics include data on crimes stemming from gender and gender identity bias, categories which were added under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crime Prevention Act of 2009.
Hate crimes reporting also includes data on criminal incidents motivated by a bias toward a particular race, religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity in addition to disability.