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Summary: Age and Crime and Justice

Image of police talking to members of the publicSummary: Disability and Crime and Justice

Risk of Crime and Experience of Abuse
  • Disabled people were more likely to have experienced crime in 2016/17 than non-disabled people. An estimated 16.8% of disabled people were victims of at least one crime, compared to 12.5% of non-disabled people.

Fear of Crime

  • Disabled people were less likely to feel safe walking alone in their neighbourhood after dark  in 2016/17 (64% compared to 81% of those with no disability)

Source: Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2016-17 (Last updated: March 2018)

 
  • Some studies indicate that disabled people may be more likely to be victims of antisocial behaviour, although more research is needed.
  • Fear of crime and its impact are greater for disabled people.
  • Harassment takes place in many different settings, including in the home, on public transport and in public places, and at school or college.
  • Harassment can be perpetrated by strangers, but also by friends, partners and family members.

External Source: Hidden in Plain Sight: The Inquiry Final Report (Published: 2011, EHRC)

This research has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government, the results are hosted on an external website and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers

 

Offence Aggravations
  • Offence aggravation data show that in 2016-17, 54 people were convicted in Scottish courts of an offence with an associated disability aggravation.

Source: Criminal Proceedings in Scotland, 2016-17 (Table 13. Last updated: February 2018)

 

civil law Civil Law
  • The prevalence of civil legal problems is higher for disabled people at 30% as opposed to 19% in the general population.

  • In addition, only 39% of disabled people had solved their problems whereas 52% without a disability had succeeded in resolving their problems.

Source: Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2014/15 (Last updated: March 2016)

 

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2016-17 (March 2018) A large-scale social survey which asks people about their experiences and perceptions of crime. Includes statistics by age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion, and sexual orientation

Criminal Proceedings in Scotland, 2016-17 (February 2018) Statistics are presented on criminal proceedings concluded in Scottish courts and on a range of measures available as alternatives to prosecution. Covers convictions by age and gender, as well as crimes with disability, racial, religious, sexual orientation, transgender aggravators.

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Disability Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to disability.

Data

Data

Scottish Government Survey Data

Scottish Crime and Justice Survey - Scottish Crime and Justice Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive

Official Statistics

statistics.gov.scot - Explore, visualise and download over 200 datasets from a range of producers. Start browsing by theme, organisation, or geography. Or access programmatically using our APIs. A range of datasets are available that can be broken down by disability status

 

External Links

External Links

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External Publications and Outputs

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Inquiry Final Report (EHRC, 2011) Inquiry into disability related harassment

How Fair is Britain?: Report of EHRC first triennial review (EHRC, 2011) This Equality and Human Rights review aims to provide an authoritative compilation of the available evidence about equalities in England, Scotland and Wales against 40 indicators agreed by the Commission, the government and other key agencies. It brings together the facts about the experiences and outcomes in life of different individuals and groups. It draws on a range of sources including censuses, government surveys, academic work, and secondary analysis carried out especially for this Review.

Statistics in more details

Contacts

Crime and Justice
justiceanalysts@gov.scot