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A ‘worrying’ increase in the number of victims seeking help for hate crimes, according to charities.

Number of people seeking help after the experiment a The crime of hate A charity has warned that there has been an increase of about 11% in one year, due to an increase in crimes related to disability, sexual orientation and transgender identity.

Victim Assistance The “overwhelming majority” of hate crimes were found to be related to race and nationality (71%), followed by an increase in references to independent charities. Euro 2020 Final between England And Italy.

The statistics also show that the number of people seeking help for hate crimes with disabilities has increased by 22% and crimes related to sexual orientation have increased by 20%.

During the same period, the overall rate of transgender identity crimes has increased by about 45% over the previous year – although the number of such crimes is lower than others.

“It is disturbing and disappointing that our figures reflect this significant increase in hate crimes across the country,” said Diana Fawcett, chief executive of Victim Support.

“We are appalled by the high number of victims seeking help for hatred of race and nationality, and we strongly condemn all forms of racist abuse.

It is also worrying that the number of people seeking help for hate crimes related to disability, homosexuality and transgender identity has increased so much that we have seen detrimental effects on the protection and welfare of the victim. ۔ Self-worth. ”

Martin Davis, 48. Wales The victim of hate crimes told the charity that his family was “constantly targeted” because of his wife’s disability.

“The harassment and bullying we endured was so great and so severe that my youngest daughter now suffers from traumatic stress disorder,” Mr Davis said.

“In the end, we had to move to get away from them all, and no one had to suffer as much as we did.”

Earlier this month, an investigation by the charity Liberty Investigators and. Times The newspaper found that reports of hate crimes doubled from 52,785 in 2015 to 106,300 in 2020. Freedom of information. Applications

However, the investigation found that forces across England and Wales solved fewer issues in 2020 than in five years ago.

Statistics show that the number of hate crimes in the 40 police forces who have seen officers identify an accused and take action against them has dropped from 14,866 in 2015 to 14,398 in 2020. ۔

Dame Vera Baird, England and Wales Commissioner for Victims, said “shocking” figures showed police were failing victims.

“If people are gaining the confidence to go to the police, just lying on the road, there can be no obvious failure,” he said.

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