A new campaign has been launched to try to combat the problem of disability hate crime.
Fewer than 20 crimes were reported across all of Cumbria last year - but police think that is because many are too scared to come forward.
John Bevir reports:
A campaign to raise awareness of disability hate crime is being launched in Cumbria.
The joint campaign between Cumbria Police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is being run over eight weeks, after discussions showed that a large amount of hate crime goes unreported.
A meeting was held with disabled people and disibility groups after figures showed that only 17 disability hate crimes were reported to police in Cumbria in 2012, in comparison to 166 reports of race hate crime.
Dozens of people have attended the official opening of the Grace Little Centre in Carlisle.
The centre, which is run by MENCAP, will provide short break respite care for disabled children and teenagers in North Cumbria.