A trio of organisations in west London have come together to help put a stop to hate crime.
The joint project between Hounslow council's community safety team, Hounslow police and OutWest, a charity which supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in west London, have launched a survey to raise awareness of the prejudices faced.
The move is in response to a report from OutWest which highlighted around 35,000 cases, go unreported every year, of hate crime committed in the UK against people because of their sexual orientation.
Chief superintendent Raj Kohli, borough commander for Hounslow police, said: “LGBT hate crime issues are under-reported and we would like to know what the experiences of LGBT communities are, so we can work together and address these issues and continue to make sure Hounslow is a great place to live, work and socialise.”
The survey is aimed at finding out more about people’s attitudes around LGBT hate crime, and to encourage victims to report crimes against them and how they can do this.
The teams are keen to learn from the LGBT community what would help increase the number of people coming forward to report a hate crime.
Councillor Sue Sampson, cabinet member for communities, added: “We don’t want anyone suffering from any kind of abuse and we want people to feel safe and comfortable about speaking out.
“By getting views from the LGBT community, we can get an idea of what may trigger this abuse and how we can go about removing it out from our community.”
Ola Satchell, project development worker for OutWest, said: “As an LGBT organisation, we have seen the effect that hate crime has on the community, on almost a daily basis. We understand how it affects people’s lives.
“We urge everyone in Hounslow to take a few minutes to respond to the survey. It will really help us work with the council and the police to ensure unreported LGBT hate crime is a thing of the past.”