Triangle Project offers holistic beginning-to-end support for survivors of hate crimes, from time of first reporting to the conclusion of trials, a process that can take several years for individual cases. In cases of crimes committed against LGBTIQ persons, it is important that the survivor or the family and support system of the deceased are supported. In cases where the victim is deceased and has no family, it is important that the organisation and mobilised partners are present. Without this, the victim is subsumed by the State, and does not have a voice or representation in court.
It is also important that persons who will have to give testimony in court are taken through a process of understanding the criminal justice system and feel prepared for the process, particularly as this can be significantly retraumatising. It has also become clear, over many years of undertaking this work, that support provides those who have been violated with the capacity to continue with the cases. It is easy to eventually give up on one’s case because it is never a speedy process and cases can, and do, drag out over months and even years.
Where possible, a relationship should be established between those monitoring court processes with the state prosecutor and the investigating officer in the case. This allows the organisation to give information to the relevant parties involved in prosecutions an overview of why such crimes take place. It also enables the person monitoring the case to be able to see where gaps exist and where emphasis needs to be placed. Often this involves mobilising communities and encouraging persons to come forward. In cases where there is resistance on the part of the judicial system and the South African Police Services (SAPS) monitoring is important, as poor investigations do not have the required outcomes that are just. If a case has been opened, it is important for the organisation to have all the details of the case.
If you have been subject to a hate crime because of your sexual orientation or gender identity we are here for you. Get in touch with us and we are happy to provide with assistance and support.
Find out more about our work on hate crimes here.