Access to Justice: Restorative Justice for LGBT+ hate crime

This project promotes Restorative Justice as a method of addressing LGBT+ hate crime across London. 

During this two-year project, Why me? will be working with national LGBT+ organisations such as GALOP, as well as LGBT+ organisations in London which focus on tackling hate crime.

This project is important because LGBT+ hate crime is rising, and victims are not getting the support that they need.  Restorative Justice has the potential to break down barriers between victims of hate crime and their offenders, and could have a significant benefit to both parties.

What we plan to do?

  • To host a Restorative Justice workshop for representatives of 15 LGBT+ community groups in London.
  • To develop a UK-wide guidance booklet on using Restorative Justice for LGBT+ hate crime.
  • To recruit LGBT+ Community Ambassadors to talk about their experience of using Restorative Justice.
  • For Why me? to receive LGBT+ awareness training for our staff, trustees and facilitators.

If you are interested in being involved in the project, get in touch with Tehmina Kazi on Tehmina.kazi@why-me.org

What do we know so far about LGBT+ hate crime and Restorative Justice?

  1. One in five LGBT+ people have experienced a hate crime or hate incident because of their sexual orientation or gender identity in the last 12 months.
  2. Two in five trans people have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their gender identity in the last 12 months.
  3. The number of LGB people who have experienced a hate crime or incident in the last year because of their sexual orientation has risen by 78 percent since 2013.
  4. Four in five LGBT+ people who have experienced a hate crime or incident didn’t report it to the police.
  5. One in ten LGBT+ people have experienced anti-LGBT abuse online directed towards them personally in the last month. This increases to one in four for trans people directly experiencing transphobic abuse online in the last month.

Source: LGBT Hate Crime in Britain – Facts and Figures, Stonewall, 2017. https://www.stonewall.org.uk/media/lgbt-facts-and-figures

What do we want to find out about LGBT+ hate crime?

We want to identify the barriers, needs and considerations that should be taken into account when using Restorative Justice for LGBT+ hate crime victims.  We will do this by working with LGBT+ groups across London.

We will then develop good practice for using Restorative Justice in LGBT+ hate crime cases.  We will do this by co-producing LGBT+-specific guidance alongside our partner GALOP, and by recruiting Community Ambassadors.

Lucy Jaffé, Why me? Director says:

Used alongside any punishment, Restorative Justice has the potential to really identify and address the harms caused. This is because it lets victims take back control by telling their story and having their voices heard. The reality of victims’ suffering is brought into focus for offenders. This allows them to see the humanity in their victims and helps them to change.

If you are interested in finding out more about our LGBT+ project, please contact Tehmina Kazi on Tehmina.kazi@why-me.org

This work is funded by the City Bridge Trust.

© 2019 Why me? Charity no. 1137123. Company no. 6992709.