Are homeless people more vulnerable to hate crime?

Friday, 6 January 2017 - 1:09pm

Following a rise in reported incidents of hate crime in the UK in 2015/2016, and with homeless people particularly at risk, Homeless Link has produced a short briefing for homelessness services.

In 2015/2016 there were 62,518 recorded cases where hate crime was a motivating factor.  In particular, the months following the EU referendum vote in June 2016 saw an alarming rise in reported incidents of hate crime in the UK. The motivations behind hate crime incidents can be extremely varied. Hate crime is often targeted against vulnerable individuals across our society – and those vulnerably housed, or currently homelessness are at serious risk.

Would you know how to spot an incident of hate crime happening in your service? Hate crime can occur anywhere and at any time. How would you engage with your clients to create services that are quick to respond to incidents targeted at individuals due to their race, religion, sexuality or disability?

Briefing for homelessness services

To support housing organisations to respond proactively, we have produced a short briefing on hate crime. It outlines the range of responses that services can undertake to help spread information about reporting and preventing incidents from occurring. You can find a link to the download at the bottom of this page.

Call for case studies

We are looking for case studies from our members to help build a range of good practice examples to share with services. These could either be case studies from individual services, or wider organisational practice that you are implementing across your service.

If you are happy to share these examples, please get in contact with Patrick Duce at

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Patrick Duce

Innovation and good practice project manager

Patrick is an Innovation and Good Practice Project Manager, working on a range of innovation projects across the homelessness sector. Previously coordinated the Strategic Alliance on Migrant Destitution (SAMD) project on behalf of Homeless Link.

Telephone: 0207 840 4468
Twitter: @PatrickDuce