The Centre for Hate Studies was awarded a grant from the Equality and Human Rights Commission to lead a project that tackles homophobic, transphobic and biphobic hate crime in Leicester and Leicestershire. In particular, this piece of work aimed to address the problem of under-reporting amongst Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) victims of hate crime.
The project involved a programme of tailored work with LGBT communities and with local criminal justice agencies, local authorities and a coalition of community and voluntary organisations.
In addition to raising awareness of existing hate crime reporting pathways, this work identified differences in need and perception across different groups and identified victims’ expectations of the support required from statutory and voluntary sector service providers.
We used the findings to create a new and accessible third party reporting structure and to produce a set of recommendations on how agencies and partnerships can improve existing policy and practice.