Homophobic hate crime 1

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-12-18
Session date: 
December 18, 2013
Reference: 
2013/5217
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Further to your answer to Question No: 2013/4149:

"How do you reconcile your claim that London is one of the most gay-friendly places on earth with new research, commissioned by Stonewall, showing one in 12 Londoners think homophobic hate crimes are a problem in their neighbourhood, and three quarters of homophobic hate crime victims don't feel able to report them to the Metropolitan police?"  Your answer being: "I am keen that all crimes should be reported. The MPS systematically records homophobic crimes and incidents annually. However, there is more to be done in this regard and that is why I have committed to the development of a hate crime reduction strategy for London, in which increased confidence in reporting hate crime, along with a reduction in the number of incidents, will be key objectives.  I will be inviting Stonewall and others to participate in the development of that strategy. Both MOPAC and the MPS continue to support the Home Office approved 3rd party reporting site, True Vision, and the MPS is conducting a scoping exercise to identify more local support services to increase referrals and the exchange of information. "

When will you invite Stonewall to participate;  when will your new   hate crime reduction strategy be completed; and when will it be published; when will the MOPAC scoping exercise be completed; and when will it be published; and over the last 12 months how many people have used the True Vision reporting site for Homophobic hate crime in London ?

Answer

Answer for Homophobic hate crime 1

Answer for Homophobic hate crime 1

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The scoping exercise is underway and the consultation will continue until March 2014. The Hate Crime Reduction Strategy will be published in April 2014, along with a summary of the consultation feedback.

As part of the formal consultation a variety of methods and opportunities will be used to gather views, including engagement with standing consultation forums and bespoke focus groups.  MOPAC officers are in the process of scheduling a date to meet Stonewall in the New Year as part of the wider programme of consultation.

In the year to 31/03/2013 the MPS received 379 reports of hate crime via the True Vision website, and a further 411 since 01/04/2013.  The mechanism for forwarding the reports to the MPS does not, however, specify which category of hate crime the report refers to.  Approaching ACPO, who own and manage the True Vision website, may be the only way to secure that information.