Tackling Hate Crime: Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale

Published: 15 December 2015 Tags: LGBT, Hate Crime, Greater Manchester By John Walding

Latest evidence suggests around 35,000 cases of hate crime committed against people because of their sexual orientation go unreported every year nationally.

The report from the University of Leicester's Centre for Hate Studies reveals that 88% of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people (LGBT) people had experienced some form of hate incident leaving them with emotional and physical scars.

The report coincides with a major campaign to raise awareness of LGBT hate crime by a partnership of 31 organisations, including LGBT Foundation, and funded by the Human Rights Commission.

Locally this is something that Adrian Palmer the LGBT Community Development Worker for Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale (HMR) knows only too well.

“Fear of how they will be treated is leading to many LGBT people not reporting hate crimes. Across the HMR area we know that there are no LGBT community centres or facilities to use to enable likeminded people to meet and socialise in. This makes it difficult for the LGBT community to seek help and support when they may need it most.'

If you have experience any form of hate crime you can report it on line via this link

To help address this Adrian has been recently appointed as a new member to Greater Manchester Police’s Independent Advisory Group in Rochdale, to play a key role in scrutinising police procedures and working and assisting them on how GMP respond to policing situations across the borough ensuring that all sections of the community are being engaged with and treated in a fair way.

Chief Inspector Chris Hill of GMP Rochdale said: “I am really pleased that Adrian has joined the IAG and we look forward to working closely with him in the future and the LGBT community. It is vitally important that people report hate crime. Homophobic hate incidents are often wrongly trivialised. This is not acceptable in a modern society and I would like to reassure people that you must feel confident in reporting matters to the police or via the third party reporting centres' These are listed on the GMP website.

Adrian adds “I am supported across Heywood Middleton & Rochdale by the local authority, Rochdale Public Health and other agencies through partnership working to help break down barriers to inclusion, the LGBT community across the borough may face. I am here to help with whatever support needs the LGBT community people in the borough may have and would really like to hear from people to find out how I can support them further.'

Find out more or contact Adrian on 07739 756178 or email adrian.palmer@lgbt.foundation