Between the two most recent census surveys (2001 and 2011), North Somerset has seen a significant increase in its Black and Minority Ethnic communities; in 2001, just 1.3% of residents identified themselves as belonging to a BME group, but by 2011 this figure had more than doubled to 2.7%. Unfortunately with this population boom within BME communities, we have also noticed a corresponding rise in incidents being reported to us. For a comprehensive breakdown of our own statistics for North Somerset during the financial year 2014/2015, click here.
Although North Somerset Council is only able to allocate SARI a small amount of funding, we continue to provide all of our services throughout the region; we want to ensure that no victim of hate crime is ever turned away, whether we provide our services directly to them, or we signpost them to other agencies who can offer more relevant specialist support. The funding we receive from Big Lottery is integral to our North Somerset service, and ensures that we can help every victim that comes to us for support.
We do receive a small grant from North Somerset Council to support some of our race hate cases, and to attend their Hate Crime Strategic Partnership: Responding to Hate in North Somerset (RHINS). The RHINS partnership was established in 2002 and is a group of local organisations who work together to support the victims of hate incidents. This partnership approach means that all of the organisations work together to offer support to victims and witnesses, take effective action to stop any further incidents and with consent to take action against the perpetrator.
If you, or somebody you know, has been a victim of a crime that you believe was motivated because of your ethnicity, gender-identity, sexual orientation, disability, or religious belief, please get in touch.