This practical guide provides user-friendly, concise, expert and up-to-date guidance for both new and experienced hate crime caseworkers and advocates (whether professional or volunteers). Filling a gap in the growing debates and research literature on hate crime, it takes as its starting point a values-based casework practice that provides assistance, support and leads to the empowerment of victims of hate crimes.
With core casework standards and guidance on how to respond from a person-centred approach to the victim’s perspective, it also provides an overview of current legislation in relation to prosecuting hate crimes and the current EU Directive on victim support. Full of relevant, up-to-date evidence based research and policy, it will enable practitioners to be confident and knowledgeable in supporting victims of hate crime.
Kusminder Chahal is a Research Associate at Coventry University. A social researcher for over 23 years, he has worked in a variety of settings ranging from local government, consultancies, community projects and higher education. His research interests focus on exploring the lived experience of racist victimisation and hate crime and practical responses for victims. He has published widely on hate crime and has trained over 5,000 practitioners on racist victimisation and hate crime, equality and diversity and community activists as community-based researchers.
Hate crime basics;
Hate in a digital world;
Rights-based support frameworks;
The victim’s perspective;
Roles and principles of casework support;
Approaches to casework support;
Communication and Interpersonal skills;
"An essential resource for professional and volunteer practitioners supporting victims of hate crime... offers expert and up to date information in terms of research, policy frameworks, the principles and values that underpin casework and the core skills needed to be an effective practitioner." Irene Zempi, Nottingham Trent University
"A very useful, practical and well written guide to tackling the issues of hate crime, giving professionals and volunteers a great reference point in supporting those affected." Rose Simkins, Chief Executive, Stop Hate UK
"Every practitioner working with hate crime victims should keep this guide in their pocket. It provides a valuable resource to reflect on their work." Paul Iganski, Lancaster University