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Targeted because of your identity? We can help

Poster launch

(L-R) Noreen Riaz and Yasmin Khan from HaloProject, Emma Roebuck of Hate Crime Advocacy Service, PCSO Mark Lumsden, Community Cohesion officer, and Mark Warcup of Victim Care and Advice Service. ´╗┐

People who are victims of crime because of their disability, religion, sexuality, race or gender identity are able to receive support that is designed to meet their needs.

On re-election last year, Ron Hogg added the word ‘victims’ to his job title, to become Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner. Ron said at the time that he wished to put in place a number of support services for victims, designed to meet the needs of specific groups. This week, many of the people running those services came together under the banner ‘Targeted because of your identity? We can help.’

Ron Hogg said: “This week is national Hate Crime Awareness Week. I really want to make sure that victims of hate crime know where to go for support. People may have been subject to verbal or online abuse, harassment, bullying or they may have experienced other incidents related to their identity. I want them to know that there are people out there who can help, in confidence.”

The services present were:

  • HALO: supporting victims of honour based violence, forced marriage or FGM
  • VCAS: the victim care and advice service
  • Hate Crime Advocacy Service: the voice of the victim, helping them engage with the criminal justice system and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice

During Hate Crime Awareness Week, Ron is giving support to a number of services for victims, and promoting the importance of reporting hate incidents.

Pictured are: Noreen Riaz and Yasmin Khan from HaloProject, Emma Roebuck of Hate Crime Advocacy Service, PCSO Mark Lumsden, Community Cohesion officer, and Mark Warcup of Victim Care and Advice Service.

Posted on Tuesday 17th October 2017
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