5th Dec, 2016

Campaign to improve help given to hate crime victims

Stratford Editorial 9th Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

HATE crime victims should not have to ‘grin and bear it’ – that is the message of a campaign to make sure people are given the right help when they are discriminated against.

Warwickshire Race Equality Partnership (WREP) is looking for feedback to help find gaps in the system and ensure future victims get the right support.

WREP, in partnership with Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, has delivered workshops around the county and launched a survey to gather information.

WREP chief executive Junaid Hussain said many people experience hate incidents but don’t report them.

He said: “Even if you don’t want to take it any further, it is still really important that people report their experiences in a confidential way to WREP and its partners so we can work to support individual victims or witnesses of hate incidents and crimes in the future.

“People should not have to grin and bear it. Please complete our survey and help to support future service provision.”

He described hate crime as “any criminal offence which is perceived to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based upon a person’s race, colour, ethnic origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability”.

The campaign comes amid national fears of a rise in hate crimes. In the week following the Brexit vote there was a five fold increase in reported racist crime.

Visit www.quicksurveys.com/s/Et23S to complete the survey. Paper copies are available from WREP direct on 01788 863117. The deadline is August 14.