Hate Crime study secures 1500 responses and rising
The recent launch of a pioneering piece of hate crime survey research has received an overwhelming response, with over 1500 responses in its first three weeks of release.  The research, commissioned by Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd and led by the University of Leicester’s Centre for Hate Studies is asking people to identify their experiences and expectations of support services for hate crime victims in Hertfordshire.
To date, over 1500 responses have been received with participants taking part via an online survey and face to face interviews since its launch on 6th January. This level of response to date foresees a yield of a high quality and fascinating piece of research of which the results will then go on to help shape support services available for victims of hate crime in the county.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd commissioned the University of Leicester to undertake the pioneering project between January and April 2016. The fieldwork phase of the project will end on 7th February 2016, with the final report being published in the summer. The findings and recommendations will be used to improve the support services available to hate crime victims in Hertfordshire via Beacon Victims Care Centre and to develop a new hate crime strategy.
Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy, Lead Researcher on the project, said “The response from community members, practitioners and organisations has been fantastic. We are now looking forward to the next stage of analysing the data and producing the recommendations.”
This project, in partnership with Hertfordshire Constabulary and the County Community Safety Unit, contributes to the delivery of a core commitment set out in the Commissioners Police and Crime Plan, Everybody’s Business, for commissioning specialist services for victims of hate crime to help them cope and recover from their experiences.
Commissioner Lloyd is encouraged by the volume of responses to the research, commenting:  “Victim support remains as a key area of focus in my role as Police and Crime Commissioner, and to receive such a high volume of responses cements the importance of addressing hate crime. The content of these responses is invaluable and I thank all those that have taken the time and effort to share their experiences –there’s still time left to share your views. Every single opinion matters in ensuring we support victims in the right way moving forward.”
The research team are open for further contributions until 7th February 2016. Share your thoughts via the online survey below: