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Black lives matter and so does black people’s access to justice

8 June 2020

Diana Fawcett, Chief Executive of Victim Support, said:

“The murder of George Floyd, along with countless other instances of racism and injustice, are painful reminders of the prejudice that exists not only in the US, but also in the UK as well as worldwide. Our thoughts are with every member of the BAME community, including our own service users, staff and volunteers, being forced to relive their own painful experiences of racism because of current events.

“We know that racial abuse and discrimination are commonplace. Too many members of the black and minority ethnic community are targeted, online or in person, because of their race. The impact of these verbal or physical assaults cannot be understated, causing lasting damage to people’s wellbeing and sense of safety. We also know that black people experience discrimination in the criminal justice system. Black lives matter and so does black people’s access to justice.

We have one message. Regardless of whether the racist incident was reported to the police, you can access our free support. No matter how long ago the incident took place, Victim Support can offer as much, or as little, practical and emotional support as you need.”

 You can access support via our free, confidential, 24/7 Supportline on 08 08 16 89 111, live chat (www.victimsupport.org.uk/live-chat) or My Support Space - a free online resource containing interactive guides and videos.

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