COME FORWARD: EMPOWERING AND SUPPORTING VICTIMS OF ANTI-LGBT HATE CRIMES
GLAS Bulgaria, in a consortium encompassing 22 partners from 11 different European countries, will begin implementing the project “Come Forward: Empowering and Supporting Victims of Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes”, co-financed by the European Commission. The project will be developed within the framework of the programme Rights, Equality and Citizenship 2014-2020. Main coordinators are the University of Brescia (Italy) and Lambda Warsaw (Poland).
The issue of anti-LGBT hate crime has increasingly been recognised by international organizations, as well as many governments across Europe, but, despite this, trans-border efforts to tackle this phenomenon are yet to be cohesively developed. The project, which will start in January 2017 and last for 24 months, focuses on the issue of anti-LGBT hate crime through a mix of different objectives, such as increasing the number of dedicated front line reporting centres by building capacity of civil society and official partners on local and national levels, improving the access to specialised support by building capacity of victim support service providers, sharing good practices, strengthening cross-border and multi-agency partnerships, and raising awareness and empowering victims.