Hate Crime Advocacy in National Hate Crime Awareness Week (10-17 Oct)

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Our Hate Crime Advocacy Service 

Our Hate Crime Advocacy service has seen a marked increase in referral rates during the Covid-19 pandemic with a 35% increase between July and September compared to the same period last year. The majority of people referred have experienced hate incidents on the basis of their race, with significant numbers experiencing hate incidents due to their disability, sexual orientation of gender identity. The largest issues were harassment by a neighbour and racial harassment.

 Our Hate Crime Advocacy service:

  • Listens to victims of hate crime/incidents, validates their experiences, provides them with emotional and practical support, and provides advocacy support to take appropriate action and ensure their voices are heard.
  • Supports victims of hate crime to navigate their way through Criminal Justice System procedures.
  • Provides a truly independent challenge to decisions across the statutory and public sectors
  • Has the skills and experience to respond appropriately and sensitively to people from all communities falling within the hate crime monitoring strands.

 Service-user comments include:

  • “Thank you very much for the highly professional work”
  • “Brilliant! I appreciate all your help in getting camera/security stuff and therapy to deal with the stress”

We welcome our new Hate Crime Advocate, Sherene Meir, who joined our team in September. Read her blog which provides a really useful analysis and local information about hate crime and shows how an independent advocate can support you if you are a victim of hate crime.

​​​​​​To make a referral to our Hate Crime Advocacy Service go to https://www.connectedvoice.org.uk/services/advocacy/refer-our-advocacy-service

‘All Valued’ film tackling hate, extremism and radicalisation

‘All Valued’ is an accessible film about tackling hate, extremism and radicalisation. Two members of our advocacy team, Shervin Khademi Nouri and Paul Whitlock, helped to make this film produced as part of The Twisting Ducks Building A Stronger Britain Together project, funded by the Home Office. It includes information about our Hate Crime and Black and Asian Minority Ethnic Advocacy Services as well as stories and advice from people in our community.

Watch the film here https://youtu.be/hMl1kEA5DCI 

Stop Hate UK

To read more about National Hate Crime Awareness Week go to

https://www.stophateuk.org/hate-crime-awareness-week/