Major hate crime study to shape new and improved support services for victims

Posted by ap507 at Feb 16, 2017 09:37 AM |
University of Leicester Criminologists to lead major new study of hate crime in the West Midlands

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 16 February 2017

  • Number of hate crimes in UK has risen in recent months
  • Study highlights importance of providing support services for hate crime victims
  • Research team looking for people in West Midlands to share their views through short survey or interviews

“With levels of hate crime escalating, it is crucial that support services are accessible, effective and retain the confidence of victims” – Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy, University of Leicester 

A major new study to investigate hate crime in the West Midlands and to shape the development of improved support services for victims is being led by the University of Leicester.

The project’s aims are closely aligned with the priorities set out within the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan which are to improve the quality of support offered to hate crime victims and to better understand victims’ needs through the criminal justice system.

The research, which is funded by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, will be led by Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy and Professor Neil Chakraborti from the University of Leicester Centre for Hate Studies within the Department of Criminology between February and April 2017.

The research comes at a time when numbers of reported hate crimes has risen.

The findings and recommendations from the research will be used to shape new and improved support services for hate crime victims in the West Midlands.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: “It is important that we make sure there is proper support for victims of hate crime.

“West Midlands Police take the investigation of hate crime very seriously, I also want to make sure the correct support is in place for victims too.”

Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy said: “With levels of hate crime escalating, it is crucial that support services are accessible, effective and retain the confidence of victims. We therefore welcome this timely opportunity to work with the Police and Crime Commissioner to identify the support needs and expectations of hate crime victims.”

The research team is looking for people in the West Midlands to share their views either through a short survey or through interviews.

Link to the online survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MLCD6QR

During February and March 2017 the research team will be attending different community groups and organisations to hear from as many people as possible. If you would like to be involved in the project and for more information, please contact Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy at:

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 3784

Email: LCHS@le.ac.uk

ENDS 

Notes to editors:

For more information contact the Police and Crime Commissioners Office on 0121 626 6060.

About the Centre for Hate Studies:

Drawing from more than ten years’ worth of empirical research, Professor Neil Chakraborti and Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy use their academic expertise to help policy-makers and practitioners to engage with diversity, to support victims and to tackle hate. The Centre undertakes a wide-ranging portfolio of research in the field of hate studies, and delivers training and continuing professional development to organisations within a variety of different sectors, including criminal justice, local authority, health and social care, and education.

For more information about the Centre for Hate Studies, please visit the website:

www.le.ac.uk/centreforhatestudies

 

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