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Hate Crime Reduction Initiative

What is the Hate Crime Reduction Initiative?

Black Country Innovate C.I.C are leading a community led approach which include a number of committed individuals, community organisations, places of worship, West Midlands Police, Walsall Council and the private sector to reduce all forms of hate crime across Walsall.

The Walsall Hate Crime Reduction Initiative is made up of the following elements:

  • Reporting

  • Research

  • Support for those directly affected by hate crime

  • Restorative Justice

  • Public Awareness


As part of the initiate, there will be a 12-month research project for which Black Country Innovate have commissioned Professor Imran Awan. Professor Awan is Deputy Director for Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University and will be the research lead.

The Walsall Hate Crime Reduction Initiative is made up of the following elements:

  • The severity of hate crime 

  • The role of trigger events in the spike of hate crime 

  • The scope of online hate crime

  • The reasons for underreporting of hate crime

  • Victim satisfaction of services dealing with hate crime

The outcome of this research would be a completed report, which examines the needs and issues of hate crime victims and service users. Furthermore, the report can be used to provide services in Walsall with recommendations on how to improve in order to better approach and reduce hate crime.


The support element of the Hate Crime Initiative is currently undergoing the process of service design. However, when established, this service will provide support to individuals that have reported being a victim of a hate crime. The service will be assisted by trained volunteers, who will have the role of aiding delivery of support to the victims.

Restorative justice

Restorative justice is a process where the victim and perpetrator are provided the opportunity to come together through facilitated discussion. The purpose of Restorative Justice is to find a positive outcome for everyone involved, through education of the perpetrator and closure for the victim. 

Public awareness

In October 2019, Black Country Innovate delivered a two day ‘Stand By Me’ Ambassador training course.
The aim of this course is to equip participants with the knowledge and confidence on hate crime and the various services that deal with it, as well as how to safely intervene as a bystander to a hate crime.


The Ambassador programme has been a massive success for Black Country Innovate, as two of our ambassadors were interviewed by BBC Midland Today where they spoke about their personal experiences as hate crime victims, and now as Hate Crime Ambassadors. Additionally, the director of Black Country Innovate Nasar Iqbal was interviewed by BBC Radio Live. Following on from the previous successes and our plan to increase public awareness, Black Country Innovate will be training another cohort of Stand By Me Ambassadors, across the four localities in Walsall this year.

Get in touch

For further information or to get involved with Walsall Hate Crime Reduction Initiative please contact


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