Dealing with anti-social behaviour: Disability-related harassment, hate and mate crime

Guidance for housing managers

People are often targeted because they are disabled. This is hate crime and should be reported as such. So-called ‘mate crime’ is when people are befriended or groomed for exploitation and abuse. Parry’s research [27] found nine housing-related serious case reviews in which the person who died was harassed and subjected to anti-social behaviour. Seven of these individuals had learning disabilities.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission [33] has made recommendations specifically for housing providers to address disability-related harassment and abuse:


Reform of anti-social behaviour powers, draft guidance for frontline professionals (Home Office, 2013)

How to tackle disability related harassment (Chartered Institute of Housing, 2012)

Hidden in plain sight (Equality and Human Rights Commission, 2011)

Anti-social behaviour: emerging practice from call handling and case management trials (Local Government Association, 2012)

Focus on the victim:Summary report on the ASB call handling trials (Home Office, 2012)

Tackling antisocial behaviour in Scotland: an action framework for social housing practitioners and governing bodies (Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Chartered Institute of Housing, 2008)