The Hate Crime Advocacy and Empowerment Project provides practical support and advocacy for victims of hate crime and their families. Services include the provision of information on reporting options, the criminal justice process and advocacy on behalf of the victim with the police, criminal justice partners and a range of associated partners including housing and social services.
WestPoint Crime and Social Research (WestPoint Research), in partnership with Cardiff University, was commissioned to carry out an evaluation of the Advocacy Project and highlight good practice when engaging, supporting and empowering victims of hate crime in South East Wales.
The overarching evaluation objectives were:
The evaluation incorporated a mixed method design and the findings in the report are informed by quantitative and qualitative data generated by the project during the course of its operation and qualitative research undertaken by the evaluation team during the final year of the project.
The client used the findings within the commissioned report to support organisational applications for further funding in this area of service support.