BHC&D is a collaboration of charities. SARI is the administrative lead. We jointly deliver your local Hate Crime and Discrimination Services.
We are now made up of 6 partners.
The former agencies that made up Bristol Hate Crime Services:
SARI, Brandon Trust, Bristol MIND, LGBT Bristol
And we have then taken on 2 new partners:
Avon and Bristol Law Centre – host 2 dedicated solicitors who specialise in legal advocacy relating to discrimination cases. Advise re: what action can be taken under the Equality Act 2010. Offer advice on other legal areas. Both solicitors carry caseloads for people facing discrimination due to their Protected Characteristics.
Bristol Mediation – have a project manager and team of volunteers specialising in restorative approaches, mediation and conflict resolution. Will work on hate and crime and discrimination cases where the victims want restorative justice (where the perpetrator is willing to engage, apologise and make amends); mediation – where 2 parties are not getting along and would like us to try and help them build a more positive relationship and conflict resolution where 2 or more parties need work to reduce the level of anger, hostility and conflict between and hopefully achieve peace and harmony.
What services do we offer?
Casework and legal advocacy for victims of hate crime and discrimination. We will support anyone who feels they are being targeted because of their Protected Characteristic. Please see the attached leaflet for more information.
Information and empowerment sessions for residents and community groups. We will do talks and sessions for people who are at risk of facing hate crime or actually facing hate crime e.g. Adult or young Disabled People; faith groups; LGBTQ+ groups; BME groups to empower them to recognise and respond effectively to hate crime or prejudice based incidents.
Advice, guidance and information for agencies. We are here to offer advice to any agency or agency staff member on how best to deal with hate crime and to take referrals. We can do short information sessions. We can also offer bespoke more detailed training at competitive rates.
Restorative Justice, Mediation and Conflict Resolution for cases or situations where hate crime or discrimination is a factor. This can include where there is conflict or argument between different groups e.g. different ethnic groups; faith groups vs. LGBT groups etc. We also see quite a few cases where you have individuals alleging hate crime towards each other e.g. a Disabled person and a BME person both feeling targeted by the other.
One to one work with perpetrators/ offenders. We are offering up to 3 sessions with individual perpetrators/ offenders of hate crime. Offenders need to be willing to and give consent to engage with our service. We anticipate this being particularly applicable to young perpetrators; and adult perpetrators of lower level offences or adult offenders with additional vulnerabilities such as a Learning Difficulties. We will utilise our different partners’ expertise to deliver the sessions. We will embed restorative approaches into these sessions.
One to one work with young victims of hate crime. We are offering up to 3 sessions for young victims to empower them to overcome the impact the abuse.
Signposting. We will signpost people to services they need. At times people will need specialist service re: counselling; mental health needs; domestic or sexual abuse; drugs and alcohol issues etc. We will be able to signpost to internal services such as AVoice Advocacy in SARI or Mindline. We will also signpost to external agencies and services as needed. We will go with people on this journey if that is what is needed to get them successfully to the service they need.
How to contact us:
Freephone: 0800 171 2272 (also for our Out of Hours Emergency Duty Service)
Website: https://www.bhcds.org.uk/ (please note this is still under formation)
You can also visit us at SARI’s Offices Monday – Friday, 9.15 – 5.30 pm at 15 Portland Square, Bristol, BS2 8SJ.
Please refer to the websites for each partner agency to check out their office opening times: