Search

Victim Support workers wear rainbow bands proudly for LGBT History Month to highlight low reporting of homophobic crime

14:08 18 February 2013

Staff and volunteers at Victim Support in Redbridge back LGBT History Month

Staff and volunteers at Victim Support in Redbridge back LGBT History Month

Archant

The low reporting of homophobic crime is being highlighted by staff and volunteers at Victim Support in Redbridge by wearing rainbow bands.

They also took time on Valentine’s Day to promote and celebrate Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans (LGBT) History month at their north-east London area centre in Bourne Court, Southend Road, Woodford Green.

Between 80 and 100 people have been wearing the rainbow bands throughout February, including witness service workers in Barkingside Magistrates’ Court and other courts in north-east London.

Jonathan Woodhams, a serious violent crime worker for Redbridge, said: “Low reporting of homophobic crime is a problem everywhere.

“There are a number of factors, people are fearful to come forward.

“They may never have told their families they are gay or bisexual and there’s a fear of reprisals if they think they’ve been targeted.”

Latest Ilford News Stories

Yesterday, 15:00

I often plan the radio show while sat in a coffee shop. In fact, in the past I have made a feature out of the things I #haveOverheardInARomfordCoffeeShop as Twitter makes me say it.

Yesterday, 12:00

A macabre tale of murder fronted by a barber who uses his snipping skills to deadly effect may not sound like your usual night at the theatre, but it’s music to the ears of a talented theatrical group looking to bring audiences something just a bit different.

Yesterday, 10:00

Local businesses face huge rises in their business rates from April.

Fri, 18:00

With World Book Day fast approaching, test your knowledge of some of the globe’s most beloved children’s books.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now