A toolkit to address problems associated with anti-social behaviour and hate crime was launched this week at the Town Hall in Eastbourne.
Seventy people representing various community groups attended the event and listened to a presentation about how agencies are working together to address the causes and consequences anti-social behaviour and hate crime.
The launch is the culmination of 12 months’ work to create a toolkit that empowers victims, giving them direct access to support networks and the confidence they need to report this type of crime.
The project is part of the Safe From Harm programme; Safe From Harm is a specialist support service delivered by Southdown to high risk victims of anti-social behavior, including hate motivated incidents in Eastbourne and East Sussex.
The service offers people emotional support, assistance to explore their options, reassurance that they need to report all incidents, motivation to achieve their goals, support to access mental health or social services, support to access correct benefits, referrals to other charities and liaison with housing associations or local authorities.
Southdown employs over 900 staff and provides housing, supported employment and specialist support services to 8000 disabled and vulnerable people.