Research suggests a significant under-reporting of crimes in black and minority ethnic groups, specifically within the Muslim community due to fear of reprisals, distrust of the police and a perceived lack of action and support regarding incidents.
In order to address and measure the scale of anti-Muslim hate crimes, Faith Matters, a non-profit organisation, is coordinating a national project ‘Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks’ (MAMA), enabling anti-Muslim attacks (or hate crime) to be reported, recorded, and mapped across the UK. MAMA seeks to incorporate the provision of tailored support for victims of anti-Muslim hate crimes using case workers and relevant partner organisations.
Using a pilot referral system, relevant case details can be provided to NHWN to establish a point of contact to engage with, support and signpost victims of anti-Muslim attacks who have expressed an interest in joining or setting up a Watch scheme in their local area.
This will help us to increase the diversity of our membership, which we are always keen to do, as well as provide support to vulnerable people who need it.