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Crime: Homophobia

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress her Department has made in ensuring that homophobic crimes are dealt with in a sensitive manner. (156757)

In March 2005 we worked with the Association of Chief Police Officers to produce a tactical guide for tackling all hate crime including homophobic hate crime.

In December 2006 we issued further guidance to Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships and Community Safety Partnerships, specifically aimed at helping practitioners tackle hate crime including homophobic hate crime.

We are currently working to update both of these, which both emphasised the importance of dealing with victims of these crimes in a sensitive manner, and we will be developing further good practice from projects funded through the Victims Fund to tackle hate crime. Through this fund we allocated over £100,000 to projects tackling homophobic hate crime.