Tomorrow sees the start of the National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2016, where individuals and organisations show their commitment to stopping hate and to raise awareness about Hate Crime.
Viewing entries tagged
In this short video, Aaron tells the Equality and Human Rights Commission about his experiences of hate crime and Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy from the University of Leicester gives us a wider insight into the issue.
Homophobia is a hot topic in Leicester with the Hate Crime project being launched to address and raise awareness of the shocking statistics from a study by the University of Leicester that eight in 10 LGBT people have been abused or harassed, with one in 10 suffering physical assault.
Whilst we don’t know how many of these incidences are sports-related, the largest and first international survey, Out on the Field (2015), found that 60% of gay men and 50% of lesbians have been subjected to homophobia in sport.
Fear of how they will be treated is leading to thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGB and T) not reporting hate crimes. As a result perpetrators are evading justice, a new report published today reveals. Evidence nationally suggests around 35,000 cases of hate crime committed against people because of their sexual orientation go unreported every year.
A campaign to encourage victims of ‘hate crime’ to report offences begins this week – 16-20 March 2015. Leicestershire Police and councils across Leicester City, Leicestershire and Rutland are supporting the week-long effort to urge people to make a stand against those who abuse them.
Hate crimes, which can include physical, written or verbal abuse, are categorised as offences which target people because of characteristics such as age, disability, gender, race, religion, belief or sexual orientation.
Joe Orson, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for safer communities, said: “Hate incidents and crimes can be damaging to individuals and their families and it is important to remember we all have a right to be treated with dignity and respect and to live without fear of hatred.”
“We are pleased to be working with partners to raise awareness of what hate crime is, let people know support is available and encourage people to let us know when it happens.”
Detective Superintendent Jon Brown, of Leicestershire Police serious crime team, said: “We know that hate incidents and hate crimes don’t just impact on the victim but impact on family, friends and the wider community.
“While we have made some progress in tackling hate, there is still a great deal of work to be done.
“By working in partnership with county, district and borough council colleagues we will send a very clear message that there is no place for hate crime in Leicestershire.
“Leicestershire Police take all hate incidents and hate crimes seriously.”
“I would encourage anyone who has been a victim or has witnessed a hate incident or hate crime to report it.
“You can report it to Leicestershire Police, the council or via a third party reporting centre.”
Information about hate crime will be on show at libraries, local councils and a number of community and school events throughout the week.
To report a hate incident call Leicestershire Police on 101 or the county council on 0116 305 8263 or visit
Alternatively visit your local council office or library, which are reporting centres for hate incidents.
In an emergency, always contact the police on 999.
Leicester LGBT Centre is one of the reporting centres for all hate crime, not just sexual orientation and gender identity.
New National Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Hate Crime Partnership - Leicester LGBT Centre a Founding Member
A major new initiative to tackle hate crime has been announced by the LGBT Consortium today. It brings together a partnership of 31 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) organisations from across England and Wales. Leicester LGBT Centre is a founding member. Funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the partnership will aim to increase the reporting of LGBT hate crimes and incidents and improve the support available to those targeted. Equality and Human Rights Commissioner Evelyn Asante-Mensah said: “Everyone in Britain should feel confident and sufficiently empowered to recognise and report incidents of hatred, hostility and harassment and yet we know that for LGB and T people this is very often not the case.” “It is difficult to tackle crimes that are not reported. Therefore, addressing under-reporting is crucial to the broader aim of reducing these incidents and creating a fairer and safer society.” Working across a diverse range of geographies in England and Wales, the project will focus on rural areas, and local need. This community led project aims to empower LGBT people to stand up against hate crime through education, building strong partnerships and improving assistance for people impacted by hate crime issues across the country.
Nik Noone, Chief Executive at Galop said, “Evidence suggests that roughly 35,000 anti-LGBT hate crimes go unreported each year. This is especially true in rural areas where more barriers to speaking up about anti-LGBT abuse often exist. I am pleased that the EHRC has sent a strong message that this is not acceptable. I am delighted that the project will support the development of regional and rural services throughout the UK for LGBT victims of hate crime”.
This 14 month project will build on the anti-hate crime work of charities and community groups in previously neglected areas and will be overseen by a national group for LGBT organisations.
The partnership will empower LGBT communities through campaigns and information resources, as well as building new independent advice services and expertise within local organisations. It will achieve this through training, setting up buddying relationships between organisations, funding advisors, setting up systems to help people report, make them safer and empower their choices; as well as training criminal justice organisations such as the police.
The project will also create an expert helpline for hate crime advisors, create a set of standards for hate crime service providers, produce guidance for Police & Crime Commissioners on commissioning hate crime services and guidance for charities on working with the media on hate crime issues. Paul Roberts, Chief Executive at LGBT Consortium went on to say, “This ambitious programme of delivery is the biggest partnership of organisations to have come together across the LGBT sector. This is our opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of LGBT people and communities who find themselves victims of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crimes and incidents. We are proud to be working with so many of our Members and the EHRC on this project.”
The Equality and Human Rights Commission and LGBT consortium will work closely with local Criminal Justice Agencies to ensure the widest possible reach for the project.