Transgender Day of Remembrance (18 Nov 2015)

In recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance on 20th November, West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson are encouraging more people to come forward and report instances of hate crime.

Officers will attend a commemorative service in Huddersfield along with other partner agencies, support groups and individuals, to remember victims who have lost their lives as a result of their perceived transgendered identity. 

Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire said: "We understand that victims may be reluctant to come forward for a variety of reasons, but we want to reassure everyone that all reports will be taken seriously and we will always put the needs of the victim first.

"Last year I launched a website solely dedicated to victims and witnesses of crime - Help for Victims, www.helpforvictims.co.uk - and will continue to work with West Yorkshire Police, the trans community and support services to better understand their needs and put victims and witnesses at the heart of what we do."

"I have also provided funding to groups which help transgender people. The Safer Communities Fund provides grants to voluntary, community groups, charities and partners using money recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act. One of the organisations which has been helped is Safe T. They received a £4480 grant, using money seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

"The organisation works for and with transgender people to raise awareness of the issues faced by transgender people with the ultimate goal of reducing the suicide rate among the transgender community to zero."

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable, Angela Williams said "Hate crime based on a person's gender identity can have a devastating effect on victims and their families, and West Yorkshire Police take a zero tolerance approach to transphobia.

"Hate crime of any kind is not acceptable and if people are experiencing or witnessing this kind of behaviour, we want to hear about it.  We all have a responsibility to challenge the attitudes and behaviours that foster hatred.  Even if what's happened isn't a criminal offence we still need to know so we can ensure support and advice is offered to those involved and action is taken where appropriate."

"West Yorkshire Police have introduced a video of a specialist Hate Crime Officer explaining what hate crime is and how people can report it.  The video and information on how people can report hate crime can be found on their website - www.westyorkshire.police.uk/hatecrime.

Anyone with information about a hate incident is asked to report it either by calling 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency or in person at a police station. West Yorkshire Police also has an online hate incident reporting form which is available via the following link: www.westyorkshire.police.uk/hatecrime

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