COPFS and Police Scotland will host an Edinburgh LGBT community event of discussion and engagement to listen to people’s experiences of hate crime and the criminal justice system. The ultimate aim is to help make the city a safer place and if successful similar events could be rolled out across Scotland.
The purpose is to increase confidence within the LGBT community when it comes to the reporting of hate crime and the treatment of LGBT individuals giving evidence in court as victims and witnesses of crime. It is hoped that demystifying the process and raising awareness of the actions taken by the Scottish prosecution service and Police Scotland in relation to hate crime will achieve this. New policies in relation to trans individuals as victims and witnesses of crime will also be explored.
The ultimate objective of the event is to provide a meaningful platform for engagement with the LGBT community in Edinburgh before the event is rolled out across Scotland, allowing locations that traditionally experience lower levels of confidence to be targeted.
The event is open to anyone who wants to share their thoughts and experiences.
The Edinburgh event will be held on 30 September at Shepherd and Wedderburn, 1 Exchange Crescent, Conference Square, Edinburgh EH3 8UL from 18:00 to 19:30.