Liverpool launches hate crime drop-in.

Publish Date: 03/12/2008

Liverpool by NightLiverpool City Council are working closely with Stop Hate Crime UK Helpline (0800 138 1625), to launch a new hate crime drop in at the Venture Housing Offices in Kensington, Liverpool. The drop in will run every fortnight to support the victims of hate crime.

As part of the initiative, Liverpool City Council are sending letters out to every household in the neighbourhoods with high levels of anti social behaviour and hate crime, making clear their determination to challenge hate crime and encourage witnesses to come forward.

Stop hate crime posters have also been sent out to every church and chapel in the east of the city. While local schools and youth groups have all been sent a DVD based on the play "In Denial", which challenges homophobia.

Liverpool's new hate crime initiative was spurred by recent findings on hate crimes reported across the city. There were 150 cases of racially motivated hate crimes, and 17 cases of homophobia.

The communities suffering high levels of anti social behavior mapped almost identically with areas of high levels of hate cime.

Councillor Steve Radford, Chairman of Liverpool East Safer Communities Partnership, hopes that the new initiative will ensure that incidents of hate crime shall not be repeated, and sends out a message that hate crime is "not accepted in our city."

For more information on the Stop Hate Crime UK helpline, click here, and for more details on Venture Housing and the hate crime initiative, click here.