Meet Liz: Kent's specialist support worker for hate crime victims
Published 15 October 2018
Victims of hate crime in Kent are being offered specialist help from Victim Support’s newly-recruited hate crime advocate.
Liz Pallister joined Victim Support in the summer to act as a single point of contact for any victims of hate crime in Kent who wish to receive help from the charity.
Speaking at the start of Hate Crime Awareness Week, she said:
‘It’s a really inspiring project which I’m so lucky to be working on.’
Victim Support, based at Compass House in Ashford, is the core provider of support in Kent. The charity is commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott to offer its services to victims free of charge. The support provided is always tailored to each victim’s individual needs and can include safety advice, advocacy, emotional support, information, practical support and personal security items.
Mr Scott said:
‘Whatever the circumstances surrounding a crime and irrespective of whether there is sufficient evidence to lead to a prosecution, I have commissioned Victim Support to be there to help the victim come to terms with what has happened and, in time, move on with their lives. If the case does lead to a prosecution, then Liz is on hand to help the victim every step of the way through the criminal justice process. ‘Liz and the rest of the Victim Support team are also there for those victims who, for whatever reason, do not want to report their crime to the police.’
Since taking up her post, Liz has been busying herself meeting Kent Police’s Community Liaison Officers, and local community groups and other partner agencies, in order to spread the word and ensure the service is accessible to all of Kent’s diverse communities.
‘I would encourage anyone who needs support in relation to hate crime to take the brave step and contact me. Together we will support you to move beyond the crime.’
Liz and the rest of the Victim Support team at Compass House can be contacted on 0808 168 9276. Alternatively, a live chat service is available during normal office hours.
For advice from Kent Police on hate crime, including how to report it to the force, visit the . In an emergency or if a crime is in progress always dial 999.