Major hate crime study to shape new and improved support services for victims
A major new study to investigate hate
crime in the West Midlands and to shape the development of improved
support services for victims is being led by the University of
The project's aims are closely aligned with the priorities set
out within the Commissioner's Police and Crime Plan which are to
improve the quality of support offered to hate crime victims and to
better understand victims' needs through the criminal justice
The research, which is funded by the West Midlands Police and
Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, will be led by Dr Stevie-Jade
Hardy and Professor Neil Chakraborti from the University of
Leicester Centre for Hate Studies within the Department of
Criminology between February and April 2017.
The research comes at a time when numbers of reported hate
crimes has risen.
The findings and recommendations from the research will be used
to shape new and improved support services for hate crime victims
in the West Midlands.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said:
"It is important that we make sure there is proper support for
victims of hate crime.
"West Midlands Police take the investigation of hate crime very
seriously, I also want to make sure the correct support is in place
for victims too."
Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy said: "With levels of hate crime
escalating, it is crucial that support services are accessible,
effective and retain the confidence of victims. We therefore
welcome this timely opportunity to work with the Police and Crime
Commissioner to identify the support needs and expectations of hate
The research team is looking for people in the West Midlands to
share their views either through a short survey or