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? are working with national LGBT+ organisations such as Galop, as well as LGBT+ organisations in London which focus on tackling hate crime.

Galop have produced a Guide for LGBT+ people on hate crime which explains what hate crime is and what you can do if you have experienced homophobic hate.

What are we doing?

  • We are partnering with LGBT+ organisations
  • We are conducting Restorative Justice awareness raising sessions in the community
  • We are giving our staff LGBT+ training
  • We are establishing referral links, that enable LGBT+ groups to refer cases to our in-house Restorative Justice Service
  • We are recruiting LGBT+ Community Ambassadors to talk about their experience of using Restorative Justice
  • We are developing a UK-wide guidance booklet on using Restorative Justice for LGBT+ hate crime.

Why are we doing this?

  • 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.
  • 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.

Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas met with the teen who assaulted him because of his sexuality through Restorative Justice. This boy apologised for his actions, and Gareth had a positive experience of Restorative Justice.

“People on the receiving end of hate crime have few options about how to respond and recover. Their lives can be transformed by having the opportunity to get their questions answered and to be heard by the person who perpetrated the crime.”

Lucy Jaffé, Director of Why me?

“As a society we need to get better at challenging hate crime and supporting those it impacts. Restorative justice is an important way of achieving that and we are proud to work alongside Why Me? in their anti-hate crime restorative justice work.”

Nick Antjoule, head of hate crime services at Galop

If you are interested in finding out more about our LGBT+ project, please contact Genevieve Ryan at genevieve.ryan@why-me.org

This work is funded by the City Bridge Trust.

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