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Multi agency hate crime and domestic violence webchat

November 19, 2012, 1:37 pm

A panel of experts will be live online to answer the publics’ questions
in a webchat on the work that police and other agencies do to prevent
hate crime and domestic violence, support victims and bring criminals to

In the first multi agency webchat run by the Met, specialist officers
will be joined by representatives from the Crown Prosecution Service and

DCI Sam Faulkner, title, said:

“We hope that this is great opportunity for us to chat to the public
about the huge amount of work that we and other agencies do to try and
stop hate crime and domestic violence from happening. Sadly though both
hate crime and DV offences are still taking place, so it is also a
chance for people to ask questions about what support we can provide
victims, or seek advice on the different ways to let police know about
what is happening.

“Also we want to raise awareness of the issues caused by hate crime and
how together with the CPS and charities like Mencap we are committed to
making it stop.”

Jo Davies, Campaigns and Policy Officer for Mencap, said:

“As many as 9 out of 10 people with a learning disability have been
victims of hate crime – this is disgraceful and must stop. We need more
people to report these crimes to the police so they can bring those
responsible to justice and protect people with a learning disability so
they can lives their lives as safely and free from fear as anyone else.”

Toks Adesuyan, Legal and Stakeholder Manager, CPS London, said:

“The CPS takes hate crimes and domestic violence offences extremely
seriously and is committed to supporting victims and witnesses through
the prosecution process. We will do this through applying to the court
for special measures, including giving evidence behind screens or via
video link, and by using other legal measures. These crimes often go
unreported and we want to make sure that victims and witnesses are more
confident in coming forward to report these crimes.”

The webchat is part of the Met’s campaign to raise awareness of these
crime types, and encourage people to get in touch with us and others, so
we can provide help.

From 1800 – 1900 on Tuesday 20th November the public can put their
questions to Toks Adesuyan, the Crown Prosecution Service; Jo Davies,
Mencap; Jo Keogh, MPS Crisis Intervention Worker and DCI Sam Faulkner
who leads the Met wide response to hate crime and DV.

The public can ask a question anonymously via or via
twitter using the #speakout.

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