New CATCH hate crime project launched: www.catch-hatecrime.org.uk
The leading organisations working nationally to tackle hate crime have come together in a groundbreaking partnership to help people facing abuse in London. These organisations include Galop (combatting homophobia, biphobia and transphobia) The Community Security Trust (antisemitism); TellMama (Islamophobia); The Monitoring Group (racism) and Choice in Hackney and Westminster Mind (disability hate crime).
The new project, called CATCH (Community Alliance To Combat Hate) will begin on 1st April and run for a year, will see advocacy and support being delivered directly to hate crime victims by the CATCH partners. This will involve assisting them through the criminal justice system and ensuring they can access specialist services, including welfare, housing and other needs that they may have. The work has been commissioned by the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime as a pilot project and will run in two boroughs of London (Westminster and Hackney).
The project brings together the leading specialist community organisations that tackle hate crime, discrimination and abuse, who between them have over 100 years experience of working to support victims of hate crime. It comes at a time when more people than ever before feel able to come forward to report hate crime nationally, and aims to help those people by providing emotional and practical assistance.
The Chief Executive of Galop, Nik Noone stated: “Galop is delighted to join with other leading hate crime experts in this unique and ambitious project to provide a high quality service for people facing hate crime. We are excited about the opportunities to share each organisation’s expertise to ensure that London remains the world leader in tackling hate crime.
CST Chief Executive David Delew stated: “CST believes strongly that we should fight hate and prejudice by working across communities, supporting and learning from each other. We hope that this project will prove the benefits of this approach and we are grateful to MOPAC for making this possible.”
Fiyaz Mughal, Director of Tell MAMA stated: “CATCH is a unique opportunity where many partners serving many communities have come together in the spirit that every life and human dignity matters. This means that we are collectively coming together to stand against hate and intolerance and where we will support the most vulnerable victims who suffer hate crimes in London.”
In 2014/15, there were 52,528 hate crimes recorded by the police, an increase of 18 per cent compared with the 44,471 hate crimes recorded in 2013/14′ – from this report – https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/467366/hosb0515.pdf
For more information see: www.catch-hatecrime.org.uk