The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has welcomed the recent establishment of a hate crime initiative by Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council.
The initiative, called 'Voices Have Spoken,' aims to provide better help and support to tackle, challenge, and report incidents of hate crime and discrimination against people in Swansea, Neath, and Port Talbot, and has been set up with Big Lottery funding.
Mr Black said:-
"This is a much-needed scheme which will promote better access to advocacy, advice, and guidance for those who suffer discrimination on the basis of their race, religion, or disability in the Swansea Bay area.
"Swansea Bay communities are welcoming and friendly, and have always been firm in their opposition to those who peddle hatred towards people whom they see as 'different' in some way. However, there are still far too many instances where local people are discriminated against, harassed, or worse on the basis of their colour, religion, or disability.
"Such behaviour has no place in a civilised society, which is why I am glad to support SBREC and the Big Lotteryfunded Voices Have Spoken initiative. I would urge anybody who feels that they have suffered in this way, or anyone who has witnessed such a crime, to report it. We all have a responsibility to help stamp out hate crime, even when it isn't happening to us directly.
"The Voices Have Spoken team can be contacted on 01792 457035. Incidents can also be reported direct to the police."