The Victim: Lifestyle Impact and Change

  • David Wilkin
Part of the Palgrave Hate Studies book series (PAHS)


This chapter reveals the shorter- and the longer-term impacts which befall the victims of disability hate crimes. In this chapter the immediate impact of being publicly abused is illustrated. The chapter then focuses on the longer-term impacts which, as with the author’s experience, can continue to pervade the lives of the victims for decades. This profound fear and psychological disturbance often results in limited social skills and lifestyle constraints. These restrictions include abandoning public transport to avoid future abuse. Such abandonment has led to social exclusion, loneliness and restricted medical and employment opportunities. The ramifications of this abuse then are much wider and more prolonged than the immediate impacts.


Psychological impact Coping strategies Abandoning public transport Social exclusion Short-term Long-term Resilience 


  1. College of Policing (CoP). (2014). Hate Crime Operational Guidance. Coventry: College of Policing.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CriminologyUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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