Workshop puts the spotlight on disability hate crime

Disability WorkshopDeputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Mersey-Cheshire, Alison Mutch and Senior Crown Prosecutors,  Bernard Byrne and Clare-Marie Ion delivered a one day Disability Hate Crime Workshop on Friday 6 December.

The aim  of the workshop was to raise awareness and understanding of disability hate crime and how it's identified.

It also looked at the support that can be given to help victims and witnesses through the investigation and prosecution process.

The workshop was attended by representatives from a range of groups and organisations that support disabled people in Merseyside.

These included Merseyside Disability Federation, Daisy UK and Sefton Council for Voluntary Services. A representative from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside was also there.

Feedback from those who came along  was very positive and the session will be delivered to groups and organisations in Cheshire in February 2014.

Shelah Semoff, from  Halton Community Safety Partnership, said: "It was a great workshop which really provided an insight into CPS roles and responsibilities.

"It helped those of us who came along to understand how we can improve the support we offer to disabled victims and witnesses we come into contact with."