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West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has celebrated the work of a project that supports the victims of hate crime.

The Commissioner’s Victims Fund provided £14,608 to Summit House’s Dudley Advice & Safety Project.

The cash was spent on providing the victims of hate crime in the borough with support and advice and guiding them to organisations that can help them recover further. It focuses on homophobia and transphobia but is open to all.

An exhibition event was held today (May 19) at Summit House in North Street, Dudley, celebrating the work and achievements of the scheme and also included speakers and information stands.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: “I was so very proud to speak at this event celebrating the sterling work of Summit House’s Dudley Advice & Safety Project. I am proud that my office has been able to fund this.

“Hate crime is a stomach-churning offence and we must do all we can to bring it out of the shadows and into the light so we can tackle it head-on.

“The care of victims is paramount and this scheme helps people get back on their feet by providing ‘hate crime champions’ to support them throughout their recovery.

“We all have the right to live in peace regardless of our sexuality, gender, race and religion and it sickens me there are still people out there who believe otherwise.”

Summit House Support Ltd is a registered charity with 21 years’ experience in Dudley. It actively promotes equality and fights against discrimination in all forms.

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