Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse – Was there hate crime against children with disabilities?

Dr. Pauline Conroy


Discussion and research into the identities of perpetrators and victims of crime is attracting growing attention in international organisations in Europe and the United States incorporating a new social dimension to our understanding of violence and criminal behaviour. The relationship between hate crime and the vulnerability of victims is a complex issue to which both legal and social studies can contribute. In the absence of wide ranging study on the question from the standpoint of people with disabilities in Ireland, alternative sources of identity based data are worthy of pursuit. The 2009 Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse provides an opportunity to explore whether children with disabilities in industrial schools, special schools and hospitals were victims of violence from the perspective of those children as adults.


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