Home Office award LGBT charity nearly £30k to tackle hate crime
LGBT charity Galop has been given almost £30,000 to identify, monitor and support victims of online hate crime.
The charity’s project aims to encourage victims to report incidents of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the money will help organisations, such as Galop, to more effectively tackle hate crime in the community.
“This funding is the latest step in this Government’s mission to stamp out all types of hate crime, which has absolutely no place in a Britain that works for everyone,” she said.
“These innovative community schemes will help local groups get to the heart of the issue in their area and show others what can be done to tackle hate crime.”
Galop Chief Executive Nik Noone said “This is fantastic news and we are grateful to the Home Office.
“This funding gives us the opportunity to step up the fight against online hatred against LGBT people.”
As well as Galop, nine community groups, including the Eastern European Resource Centre and Stop Hate UK, each received a share of over £300,000.
The Home Office scheme will also aim to tackle religious hate crime by providing around £400,000 to allow 59 places of worship to increase their security.
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This includes everything from CCTV to protective fencing.
Visiting faith leader on Thursday, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: “This government is determined to tackle hate crime in all its forms.
“If we are truly to build a country that works for everyone, people of different faiths should be free to worship without fear of prejudice or attack.”
Earlier this year, Ms Rudd confirmed she was working with the Department of Education to stamp out hate crime in schools.
Although the Home Secretary said she was planning to work in schools, she wouldn’t confirm if it was a step toward inclusive education.