COUNTER HATE launches a good practice handbook for professionals

Vilnius, 12 April 2024
Hate crime is a matter of concern across Europe and poses major challenges at social, political and legal levels. Violent behaviour motivated by prejudice based on the victim’s disability, colour, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, sexual apathy or gender expression poses a serious threat to democratic values in European societies.

The COUNTER HATE project, coordinated by the University of Girona (UdG), aims to improve support measures for victims of hate crime through an intersectoral and victim-centred approach in six European countries (Spain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia and Lithuania). The project carried out a quantitative (survey) and qualitative (in-depth interviews) research to analyse the legal, policy and welfare framework related to hate crime and victim support. The study also provides data on the experiences of victims, professionals in the sector and members of civil society organisations.

COUNTER HATE’s team of social scientists, lawyers and human rights advocates have produced a good practice handbook for professionals working with hate crime or providing support to victims of hate crime.

Publication is accessible here:

Victim Centered and Intersectional Approaches in the Response to Hate Crimes. A handbook of good practices, 2024

The project is co-financed by the Fund of Non-Governmental Organisations under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania (contract number 3-KOFI06927/2023)