Victim Support the national charity are specially-training a team of existing staff and volunteers, plus a number of new recruits. Working with Stonewall Cymru on the project, the charity will make sure victims of these crimes get the emotional support and practical help they really need.
Support is tailored to suit people’s needs and can include advice on personal safety, and information on how to deal with criminal justice agencies. Staff and volunteers at the Witness Service will support victims and witnesses throughout a trial, helping those who feel vulnerable or intimidated to get special measures in court.
Gaynor McKeown, Victim Support’s Regional Manager for Wales, said: “With more staff and volunteers we will now be able to give a more robust service to victims and witnesses of homophobic and transphobic crimes. It’s essential that all victims have someone they can turn to for support, someone who will understand the issues and challenges they may face. Victims and witnesses need easily accessible help and support to suit their needs – that’s why we’ve set up this new service.”
" We at Stonewall Cymru urge victims of homophobic and other hate crimes to take up this offer from Victim Support, receiving focused support and information at such a critical time can make a huge difference to coping with the experience" said Jenny Porter, Community Liaison Officer Stonewall Cymru.
If you have been a victim of a homophobic or transphobic hate crime, please call the ‘It’s No Joke’ helpline on 0845 6 121 900.
Victim Support recently entered the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index and was ranked 92nd in the Top 100 Employers in Britain for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people in 2010.
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