- Posted by: Mike Hedges MS
- Category: Latest News
Welsh Labour’s Minister for Communities, Jeff Cuthbert, has affirmed the Welsh Labour Government’s strong commitment to tackling hate crime as the first All Wales Hate Crime Research Report was launched.
The report will feed into the Welsh Government’s Hate Crime Framework for Action. The Framework aims to tackle hate crime and incidents in Wales across the protected characteristics of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. It will also address abuse and attacks experienced by alternative subcultures -such as the way people dress – and older people.
The findings of the report include:
- Transphobic and disability hate crime is likely to have the biggest impact on its victims;
- Nearly a third (29%) of all victims of hate crime think about moving away from their homes and nearly one in five (18%) of leaving Wales;
- Four out of every ten victims (43%) knew their perpetrator and seven out of ten people were attacked by more than one person;
- Worrying about hate crimes has the biggest effect on young people aged 16-19;
- Victims of homophobic incidents were alongside faith victims, most likely to report hate crime (47%).
A consultation on the Welsh Government’s Hate Crime Framework for Action is open until 18th October and the final version of the Framework is expected in spring 2014.