Disability hate crime must be tackled: report
People with learning disabilities are reluctant to involve the police in cases of bullying and harassment, a report said.
Acceptance of this type of crime needs to be addressed, research by the Policing Board and Police Ombudsman's office added.
The study suggested that people with learning disabilities generally held positive opinions of police.
Ombudsman Al Hutchinson said: "Many people with learning difficulties suffer bullying and harassment, but all too often they suffer in silence. This report is about helping to ensure that disability hate crime is reported and that the best procedures are in place for combating it.
"It is also about ensuring that people with learning disabilities are treated at all times with dignity, fairness, equality and respect."