Ed and his disabled wife Sarah, and their family were victims of hate crime for three years. They moved into a tightly knit community to better accommodate Sarah’s needs but right from the start they were treated like outsiders. Abuse started when a number of adaptations were made to the house, which escalated into a campaign against the family involving intimidation, abuse and even a physical attack. Thankfully, the family has now relocated to a different area and the husband has become a hate crime leader. Ed is full of praise for the way Victim Support helped him and his family.

There’s lots of discrimination out there. Now I want to use what I’ve been through to help others. Victim support were absolutely amazing – they supported us for a whole year and helped us to get new housing. If it wasn’t for Victim Support I don’t think the police would have taken me and my wife seriously.