‘Worrying increase’ in number of victims seeking support for hate crimes

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A charity has warned that the number of people seeking support after experiencing a hate crime has risen by nearly 11 percent in a year, driven by a rise in crimes related to disability, sexual orientation and transgender-identity.

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Victim Support found that an “overwhelming majority” of recorded hate crimes were related to race and nationality (71 per cent), with a spike in referrals to the services of independent charities following the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy.

The data also shows that there has been a 22 percent increase in the number of people seeking help for hate crimes with disabilities and a 20 percent increase in crimes related to sexual orientation.

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Over the same period, the overall percentage of crimes related to transgender identity increased by about 45 percent compared to the previous year – although the number of such crimes remains low compared to others.

“It is both worrying and disappointing that our figures show this significant increase in hate crimes across the country,” said Diana Fawcett, chief executive of Victim Support.

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“We are concerned to see the increasing number of victims seeking support for hate related to race and nationality, and we strongly condemn all forms of racist abuse.

“It is also worrying that there has been a huge surge in the number of people seeking support for hate crimes related to disability, homosexuality and transgender-identity, which we have seen have detrimental effects on the victim’s sense of safety, well-being and security.” self-worth.”

Martin Davies, 48, a Wales-based victim of a hate crime, told the charity that his family was “constantly targeted” because of his wife’s disability.

“The harassment and bullying we experienced was too much to bear, and so severe that my youngest daughter is now suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder,” Davis said.

“In the end we had to move to get away from it and no one should suffer the way we did.”

Earlier this month, an investigation by the charity Liberty Investigates and many times The newspaper found that hate crime reports had increased from 52,785 in 2015 to 106,300 in 2020, according to data obtained from police forces through freedom of information requests.

However, the investigation found that forces in England and Wales resolved fewer cases in 2020 than five years ago.

The data showed that the number of hate crime cases in 40 police forces, in which officers identified a suspect and acted against them, fell from 14,866 in 2015 to 14,398 in 2020.

Dame Vera Baird, the Commissioner for Victims for England and Wales, said the “shocking” figures showed police were failing victims.

“If people are gaining confidence in approaching the police, they should only be left on the sidelines, it cannot lead to a clear failure,” he said.

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