Work to keep people safe from disability-related hate crimes will be discussed at a meeting this week.
West Sussex County Council’s Environmental and Community Services Select Committee will scrutinise the council’s work to tackle hate incidents and hate crimes motivated by disability.
The select committee takes place at 10.30am on Friday 14 October at County Hall in Chichester. The meeting is open to the public.
In 2015/16 there were 86 referrals to the council-commissioned West Sussex Hate Incident Support Service for disability-related hate incidents and hate crimes.
It is thought that incidents are under-reported in West Sussex, in line with national trends.
The council is committed to supporting people who suffer a disability-related hate crime and to challenge perpetrators. It has made tackling the crime a priority for 2016/17. It works with partners including Sussex Police and Victim Support.
Work has included:
- working with disabled residents on information and promotional materials about where to access support around hate incidents and hate crimes
- developing a number of videos to raise awareness
- working with a wide range of organisations that support disabled residents to develop their knowledge and awareness
- raise awareness of the crime through Hate Crimes Awareness Week.
The Select Committee will scrutinise this work and make recommendations and suggestions to strengthen and enhance the work.
For information about hate crimes or to report an incident click here.
To see the agenda for next week’s meeting and for more information about the Environmental and Community Services Select Committee visit the select committee’s web pages.