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PA Housing committed to tackling hate crimes

2019 - September, Latest news

In spite of soaring numbers of reported homophobic hate crimes in England and Wales prosecutions are falling, according to the BBC. 

A series of Freedom of Information requests showed reports increased from 5,807 in 2014-15, to 13,530 in 2018-19. But during the same period the number of prosecutions fell from 20% to just 8% of reports.

The National Police Chiefs' Council has blamed lack of witnesses and evidence but forces are calling on victims to report incidents. A hate crime is defined as "any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice".

PA Housing is proud of being a gay friendly organisation. We operate a hate crime policy that is committed to tackling all homophobic hate incidents and hate crimes. It sets out how we will act when incidents are reported to us.

We promote equality within the LGBTQ+ employee and customer communities and support regional LGBTQ+ activities such as Pride events. We apply zero tolerance towards homophobic bullying, harassment or discrimination.

Our website includes an antisocial behaviour toolkit that offers guidance and advice on what to do in the event of any kind of hate crime.

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