Presentation on theme: "The Leicester Hate Crime Project Key Findings and Recommendations Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy Lecturer in Hate Studies."— Presentation transcript:
The Leicester Hate Crime Project Key Findings and Recommendations Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy Lecturer in Hate Studies
What is the Leicester Hate Crime Project? Two-year study based in Leicester Key aims: –to discover as much as possible about people’s experiences of hate, prejudice and targeted hostility –to understand the physical and emotional harms suffered by victims and their families –to identify ways of improving the quality of support offered to victims A total of 1,421 victims took part in the research
Who were the research participants? African Caribbeans Somalians, Zimbabweans and Congolese people Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities Iraqi, Iranian and Afghani communities Kurdish and Turkish communities Polish and Lithuanian communities Chinese people Gypsies, Roma and Travellers Christians, Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs Jewish people Lesbian, gay and bisexual people Trans men and women Asylum seekers and refugees People with physical disabilities People with learning disabilities People with mental ill health Victims of elder abuse People who are homeless People suffering from HIV or AIDS People with alternative lifestyles and/or dress and appearance Victims of body shape abuse Minorities working in the night-time economy (e.g. taxi drivers and restaurant workers, take-away staff)
Hate crime is a routine feature of everyday life for many victims Disabled respondents experience some of the highest levels of hate crime victimisationvictimisation All forms of hate crime have a significant impact on victims –Damages physical health and well-being –Damages emotional health and well-being –Creates a sense of anxiety, vulnerability and fear of future victimisation –Can trigger depression and suicidal thoughts What are the headline findings? I actually logged every hate crime and I’d got about 500 in one year. And that went on for two and a half years. Transgender woman It made me feel small, insignificant, like nothing mattered. I didn’t matter, I was just a gay person, get used to it. Gay male
To be treated with empathy, humanity and kindness Organisations to intervene before incidents escalate Hate crime awareness campaigns to be publicised in more appropriate community locations Voluntary and tailored community services to be supported and properly resourced What do hate crime victims want?
Third party reporting mechanisms to be located, staffed and publicised appropriately Organisations to simplify reporting procedures and make them more victim-friendly Organisations to use more extensive methods of engagement beyond ‘familiar’ communities and community leaders What do hate crime victims want?
Closing Comments Hate crime is not just a criminal justice issue Health and social care staff must have the knowledge and skills to support victims of hate crime Partnership work is essential to developing a collective response to hate crime Partnership work is essential to developing a collective response to hate crime
www.le.ac.uk/leicesterhatecrimeproject Upcoming CPD Workshops DateTheme 10 June 2015Supporting Victims of Hate Crime 26 June 2015 Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crime 24 July 2015Perpetrators of Hate 21 August 2015Supporting Victims of Hate Crime 9 September 2015Engaging with Diverse Communities 25 September 2015Perpetrators of Hate 21 October 2015Disability Hate Crime 6 November 2015 Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crime To find out more about our upcoming CPD workshops, or to discuss the tailored masterclasses we can deliver, contact us at: T: 0116 252 5737 E: LCHS@le.ac.ukLCHS@le.ac.uk