New European Hate Crime Project launched

We are delighted to announce the launch of Come Forward: Empowering and Supporting Victims of Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes.

Come Forward aims to tackle LGBT hate crime by improving access to specialised support and frontline reporting centres throughout Europe, as well as strengthening cross-border and multi-agency partnerships, sharing good practice, raising awareness and empowering victims. It will start in December 2016 and last for 24 months.

Delivered as part of the European Commission’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship 2014-2020 programme, the project will by led by the University of Brescia (Italy) and Lambda Warsaw (Poland).  Galop is the UK project partner, alongside a consortium encompassing 22 partners from 11 different European countries, including:

The Office for the Commission of Human Rights (Poland), the Institute for the Equality of Women and Men and the Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities (Belgium), the Greek Ombudsman (Greece), Çavaria (Belgium), Bilitis (Bulgaria), GLAS (Bulgaria), Zagreb Pride (Croatia), Praksis (Greece), Colour Youth (Greece), Háttér (Hungary), LGL (Lithuania), GES (Spain), University of Girona (Spain), Avvocatura per i Diritti LGBTI (Italy), TGEU (Germany), ILGA Europe (Belgium), Human Rights House (Croatia), Human Rights Monitoring Institute (Lithuania) and Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights (Bulgaria).

Piotr Godzisz from Lambda Warsaw said:

The issue of anti-LGBT hate crime has increasingly been recognised by international organizations, as well as many governments across Europe, but, despite this, trans-border efforts to tackle this phenomenon are yet to be cohesively developed. In order to successfully combat it, an effective multi-agency response, addressing both underreporting and the provision of accessible victim support services, is needed. “Come Forward” will fill this gap.