Hate Crime Advocacy and Empowerment Project Evaluation

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Project Summary

In 2017, Race Equality First commissioned WestPoint Research, in partnership with Cardiff University, to evaluate their Big Lottery-funded Hate Crime Advocacy and Empowerment Project (HCAEP) and generate a Good Practice Guide for supporting victims of hate crime.

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:

  • To document the nature of advocacy work undertaken by the project and generate evidence of its impact on clients, families and communities;
  • To document the nature and impact of hate crime on victims, their families and, in some cases, the wider community;
  • To raise awareness of some of the challenges experienced by victims, and in doing so, identify gaps in both statutory and public sector service provision;
  • To illustrate examples of good practice when engaging, supporting and empowering victims of hate crime in order to contribute to the design and delivery of continued advocacy services for hate crime victims;
  • To put forward recommendations for the consideration of commissioners, policy makers and practitioners working in hate crime support and prevention.

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.

CLIENT
Race Equality First
RESEARCH PARTNER

Cardiff University

PROJECT PERIOD
2017
PROJECT TYPE
Evaluation

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