West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner gives £110,000 to support victims of hate crime (25 Jan 2016)

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has given out more than £110,000 to organisations to tackle hate crime.

The one off grant was available from the Victim Support Services Fund held by the Police and Crime Commissioner and was specifically for organisations or individuals to support victims of hate crime.

Applications for funding were taken late last year resulting in 12 successful projects sharing £112,732.50.

The grant was extremely popular with 49 bids being received totalling more than £511,000.

Successful applicants demonstrated the outcome in the Police and Crime Plan that all victims and witnesses are supported across West Yorkshire. Examples of funded projects include smart phone apps for reporting hate crime and providing help and advice, improving reporting via hate crime reporting centres and research.

A 'hate crime' is a criminal offence that is believed to have been motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person, based on disability, gender identity, race, religion or faith, or sexual orientation.

There were 4,579 hate related calls for service to West Yorkshire Police in the twelve months to the end of December 2015. Hate crime can take many forms, such as assault, harassment or abuse, but all incidents share one thing in common - victims are targeted for simply being who they are.

Mark Burns-Williamson said "Being targeted because of who you are is a particularly horrible experience that no-one should have to suffer through.

"I will continue to do everything I can to support all victims of hate crime and I am pleased to be able to offer this money to organisations and individuals who will make a real difference at the local and county wide level. It was great to meet with all the successful groups to congratulate them and hear how they will be putting the funding to good effect.

"The grant round was highly oversubscribed and it's always a difficult decision when you can't fund everyone. I hope organisations that were unsuccessful this time consider applying for funding through the next round of the Safer Communities Fund which opens on 14 March.

"I also recently re-launched a joint campaign with West Yorkshire Police which aims to raise awareness of hate crime and how to report it. To find out more about the campaign visit /get-involved/campaigns/hate-crime.aspx"

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, online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/hatecrime.

To find out more about the successful projects visit /partnership/extraordinary-hate-crime-grant.aspx

PCC With Hate Crime Successful Applicants

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