Hate Crime Secondment Project 2018–2023
This project aimed to raise awareness and knowledge of hate crime against Disabled people with Deaf & Disabled People Organisation staff and trustees that do not have a dedicated hate crime support service.
It also provided support with funding applications to set up a hate crime service post secondment, training sessions with staff and trustees and support to set up processes to identify, deal with and record hate crime. An experienced Hate Crime Advocate was provided 2 days a week via Stay Safe East with management provided by Merton Centre for Independent Living.
The project paid the Deaf & Disabled People Organisation hosting the secondment for 14 hours a week to work with the advocate from Stay Safe East, for 6 months with 2 months follow on support so 8 months in total. Merton CIL are also responsible for developing the Deaf & Disabled People Organisation Disability Hate Crime Evaluation & Monitoring Handbook.