Evaluating hate crime third party reporting services: perspectives from voluntary advisors
Article publication date: 8 July 2022
Issue publication date: 18 July 2022
Third party reporting (TPR) services provide a route for victims of hate crime to report their experiences to an organisation other than the police. There is repeated evidence of under-reporting of hate crimes within the UK, and many victims of hate crime are unaware of the existence of TPR mechanisms. Little research attention has been given to understanding of the merits of TPR, beyond evaluating how often they are used. This study aims to explore the delivery of TPR from an advisor perspective.
The research evaluated a small TPR centre based within a charitable organisation. The research, part of an undergraduate study, analysed the experiences of volunteer advisors working on the service through a semi-structured questionnaire.
Results were mixed. Findings indicated the service contributed to an enhanced awareness of hate crimes in the community; however, greater promotion of the TPR centre was advocated. The results also indicated a significant lack of understanding and knowledge by trained volunteer advisors about hate crimes.
A lack of informed awareness of what hate crimes are could result in victims of hate crime not being recognised or supported as such.
Most hate crime research is victim centred, and this study is innovative in looking at those receiving hate crime reports. There is limited evidence on TPR service provision in the UK, particularly on service delivery staff, and this research contributes to the gap in knowledge.
Fitch-Bartlett, H.C. and Healy, J. (2022), "Evaluating hate crime third party reporting services: perspectives from voluntary advisors", Safer Communities, Vol. 21 No. 3, pp. 215-225. https://doi.org/10.1108/SC-04-2021-0012
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