Supporting Eastern European victims of hate crime
East European Resource Centre was awarded the Hate Crime Community Projects Fund to support eastern European victims of hate crime in partnership with Europia in Manchester, and Polish Expats Association in Birmingham.
The problem we want to address is loss of confidence and growing sense of victimisation, which in turn result in isolation, declining mental health and negative outcomes for social integration among Eastern European (EE) communities that all stem from lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate emotional support services for EE victims of hate incidents.
Since the Brexit referendum in June 2016, members of EE communities across the UK have become targets of hostile rhetoric from the populist media. That was followed by a wave of outward abuse in public transport, workplace, by neighbours, in schools.
In summer 2017 we asked our community members (328) about their experience of hate crime: 70% reported feeling unwelcome, 51% reported having experienced hate incidents in work or in private life. Only 25% of users were willing to report to the police. Our outreach shows that Polish shops-keepers continue to endure hostilities including online trolling. Home Office Statistical Bulletin (October 2018) shows a consistent increase in a number of incidents, with 14% increase between 2017 and 2018. At the same time, lack of resources for targeted support decreased a number of EE migrants confident to report.
Enquiries from victims come only if a person endured over 20 incidents and is at the breaking point. Online hate speech has become a norm, with around 90% of our constituents reporting ‘discomfort’ on social media.
+ free therapy to victims with Polish or Romanian (and other Eastern European languages) speaking therapists (up to 7 sessions)
+ free workshops on how to deal with hate crime for our eastern European communities
+ free support with reporting the crime to the police
+ free general advice and support
We will work with victims in full confidentiality.
If you want to refer a client/victim please contact [email protected] or call 0121 513 0240
Referral form: Referral Form Hate Crime
If you are a therapist that speaks an Eastern European language and want to work with us, please email [email protected] with tender form: EERC Tender counselling Hate Crime project
Hame Crime in the UK
Hate crime is any crime committed against another person because of their race, skin colour, nationality, ethnic background sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, disability or because they are transgender.
Hate Crime Can be:
+ Physical violence or assault
+ Verbal abuse, name calling
+ Threats of violence
+ Damage to property
+ Harassment over the phone, email/text messages, social media, internet, mail
+ Theft/attempted theft
+ Racist graffiti/literature
+ Dumping of rubbish
How to report it
Don’t be afraid to report the crime to the police. It is really important for your safety and others that you do.
If you experience hate crime, please contact the Metropolitan Police Service.
+ In an emergency call 999
+ In the street and on buses and taxis call 101
+ On trains and tube text 61016
+ online here
If you need support to report a hate crime, please contact us at [email protected]