Hate crime is ‘background noise’

Hate crimes may be under-reported by the LGBT community
Hate crimes may be under-reported by the LGBT community
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A charity working to support LGBT victims of hate crime believes more needs to be done to break through ‘background noise’ and increase the number of incidents being reported.

Sophie Bell, from Renaissance, which is working alongside Victim Services to support the LGBT community, believes many crimes are swept under the carpet as they are seen by their victims as a social norm.

The majority of hate crimes reported nationally are religious or race motivated

She said: “The majority of hate crimes reported nationally are religious or race motivated.

“That doesn’t make crimes against the LGBT community any less of a priority.

“Part of the reason for lower reporting is that these incidents are seen as ‘background noise’, as a normal or acceptable thing.

“It means victims might not get access to the services they need.”