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Counter – Hate

Improving the assistance of victims of hate crimes through a victim-centered and intersectional approach.

Grant Agreement Number: 101056636

Funded by: Justice Programme      Duration: 01/05/2022 – 01/04/2024



Bias-motivated crimes – also known as “hate crimes” – affect the security of individuals, their communities and societies as a hole. Bias motivations can be broadly defined as preconceived negative opinions, stereotypical assumptions, intolerance or hatred directed to a particular group that shares a common characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other fundamental characteristic.

Ensuring justice, protection and support to victims of hate crime requires taking into account the specific nature of hate crime, as well as the ability to appreciate the experience and harms of hate crime victimization on victims, bearing in mind that hate crimes are “message crimes”. It is a core law enforcement responsibility to record and actively use bias indicators to assess levels of risk and to take appropriate safeguarding action to protect victims’ rights. Moreover, it is critical that policy makers and service providers consider the intersectional perspective, according to which the different axes of oppression interact and overlap, producing complex biographies, inequalities and needs.


Counter-Hate contributes to the assistance to victims of hate crimes, by guaranteeing that legislation and policies establish a victim-centered and intersectional approach. The project aims to map legislations and policies regarding hate crimes and the assistance offered to victims; analyse the experiences of victims, policy makers and key professionals; foster the exchange of best practices and the cooperation between stakeholders; carry out a “training for trainers” module for security and justice practitioners; raise awareness about the rights of victims of crime and the available services.


The goal is to map and evaluate national legislations and policies regarding hate crimes and the assistance to victims, to analyze the opinions and needs of victims of hate crimes, as well as the perspectives of key professionals, and to identify successful policies and services regarding hate crimes and the assistance to victims. Project partners will develop 6 national reports (one per country) on the analysis of the legal/political frameworks and quantitative/qualitative research, as well as a transnational and comparative report on participant countries legislations, and victims and key professionals’ perspective about hate crimes and the assistance to victims.

Six national workshops (1 per country) will be organised to exchange experiences and best practices, and to foster cooperation between key professionals, as well as a 2-day transnational workshop to internationalize the exchange of best practices and promote networking. Moreover, partners will develop a handbook with the main research findings, best practices identified, and policy recommendations to promote networking between policymakers and professionals of public and private sectors.

This b-learning “training for trainers” module is addressed to law enforcement authorities and justice practitioners. Its aim is to reinforce their skills in the assistance to victims, as well as their work on hate crimes and the institutional discrimination.

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Project Partners

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre (Greece)
Universitat de Girona (Spain)
Háttér Társaság (Hungary)
Università Degli Studi Di Brescia (Italy)
Mirovni Inštitut (Slovenia)
Lietuvos Geju Lyga Asociacija (Lithuania)

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