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Project launch to tackle disability hate crime
1:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
A NEW project tackling disability hate crime in Wiltshire launches in Swindon today.
The project is being run by charity Swindon Advocacy Movement, which works with people with learning disabilities as well as people with high functioning autistic spectrum conditions.
Through the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon’s Innovation Fund, SAM has been commissioned to run the scheme. It was awarded £25,598 in the July round of the Commissioner’s £1m Innovation Fund.
The funding is being used to support people with learning disabilities who have been the victims of crime as well as provide training so people with learning difficulties are less vulnerable to those who may attempt to take advantage of them.
Disability hate crime ambassador Martin Kelly, who is heading up the project, said: “This is a vitally important project and we are grateful that the Police and Crime Commissioner and the rest of the Innovation Fund selection panel have seen the value in what we want to do.
“Last year there were 30 disability hate crimes recorded across Wiltshire but many of us who work with people who have disabilities believe the true figure is much higher than the records show.
“I hope to work closely with disabled people who have been the victims of crime whether they reported it or not, as well as work with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), police officers and others involved to try and improve things for these vulnerable people.”
The launch will take place at the Pilgrim Centre, Regent Circus at 2pm. At the event both Mr Kelly and Commissioner Angus Macpherson will be speaking.
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