Come Forward: Empowering and Supporting Victims of Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes (CF)
addressing professionals (e.g. police, prosecutors and victim support centres) with the aim of building their capacity to effectively recognise anti-LGBT hate crime and support victims –
Call It Hate: Raising Awareness of Anti-LGBT Hate Crime (CIH)
addressing the LGBT communities and the wider general public with the aim of raising awareness of anti-LGBT hate crime among victims and witnesses, and encouraging them to report –
There is conclusive evidence that anti-LGBT hate crime persists across Europe.
According to FRA LGBT Survey (2013), more than one in four (26%) LGBT people had been attacked
or threatened with violence in the five years preceding the research.
National victimization surveys, as well as cases collected by civil society organizations
and reported to ODIHR, also show a high number of anti-LGBT hate crime across the region.
Homophobic and transphobic violence remains underreported across Europe. Fewer than one in five of
the incidents (17%) are brought to the attention of the police.
Trans-border efforts to tackle this phenomenon are yet to be cohesively developed.
Nevertheless, despite efforts of international actors like the European Commission,
FRA and ILGA-Europe to tackle violence targeting lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender
(LGBT) people, understanding of anti-LGBT hate crime across the continent remains limited.
This considerably affects reporting of this phenomenon, which remains low in all Member States. To address some of these challenges, the University of Brescia and Lambda Warsaw, together with a well-established European consortium, are implementing two transnational projects, co-founded by the European Commission:
“Call It Hate: Raising Awareness of Anti-LGBT Hate Crime - CIH” three main
complementary workstreams: research, campaign to general public and outreach.
Firstly, to improve understanding of hate crime in EU Member States, and raise awareness of anti-LGBT violence, the project aims to undertake a ground-breaking quantitative research on a representative sample of general public in Europe. The main aim of the survey is to measure the awareness of anti-LGBT hate crime in the society and produce data that can inform subsequent awareness-raising campaign, as well as broader policy, research and practice. Read more
"Come Forward: Empowering and Supporting Victims of Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes"
The project comprises three main workstreams: research, trainings and outreach.
The first workstream involves research and analytical activities. The quantitative and qualitative studies will allow for assessing the training needs of target groups and collection of good practices on combating underreporting and supporting victims of anti-LGBT hate crime. Read more
The University of Brescia (Italy) and Lambda Warsaw (Poland) are proud to announce that the European Commission has granted co-financing to their project proposal Come Forward: Empowering and Supporting Victims of Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes. The project will be developed within the framework of the programme Rights, Equality and Citizenship 2014-2020.