Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping recently visited a Muslim women’s group in Nottingham in support of its work on understanding hate crime, how to report it and where to go to for help.
Commissioner Tipping, who has awarded the scheme £10,000 from his Community Safety Fund for 2016-17, commented: “Hate crime is a particularly nasty offence that can leave law-abiding people feeling both vulnerable and isolated.
“I am therefore keen to support the Muslim Women’s Network in its aims, which include providing opportunities for Muslim women to come together in a safe environment to have a voice and bring about effective change around hate crime.”
The group will be working towards improving confidence in reporting for all victims, and sharing good practice recommendations identified throughout its project with a view to influencing local hate crime work and policy.
It will work with the City Council’s hate crime officer and the community safety forum to deliver workshops, community radio programmes and user friendly hate crime information. “Sharing knowledge and voicing the needs of Muslim women in Nottingham in this way create an important gateway to raising wider awareness of the issues that affect them,” Mr Tipping said.
Executive Director, Shazia Khan said: “We are very excited to receive this funding and grateful for the support from the PCC who has recognised the need to raise awareness of the problem and build the confidence of Muslim women to encourage them to report incidents of hate crime. We will also use some of the funding to help us to work towards influencing local policy.”
The Commissioner has awarded 24 groups and projects grants totalling £261,250 to help their public safety work continue in Nottinghamshire’s communities. His grants, which range from £3,000 to £16,000, are being presented to projects that support his crime reduction objectives and protect vulnerable members of society.
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Posted on Friday 25th March 2016