This project seeks to understand the type of experiences people have, and the extent and nature of material that people experience that is racist or vilifying. It aims to raise awareness of racism and to build capacity for victims and bystanders to report racism and vilification when they experience it.
Some people think racism doesn’t happen anymore, or that it is a rare and isolated incident. However, the Commission regularly receives stakeholder feedback and complaints from Victorians who are confronted with behaviour that is intimidating, abusive and vilifying because of their racial or religious background. For many people, it is the daily, sometimes unconscious but persistent, racism they face, that has the most profound impact.
In 2012 the Commission ran an on-line survey. 227 people took part. As well as providing evidence of racism and vilification the survey helped to identify actions and solutions that we can all take to help address racism and vilification.
In addition, key informant interviews were undertaken with peak and community organisations in Victoria to understand both the prevalence and severity of racist conduct within their communities.
The Commission also reviewed and collected incidents of racial and religious hate speech online and in the media, including in social media sites. To collect evidence on the nature and extent of racism in Victoria, the Commission conducted an online survey, interviews with a broad range of community stakeholders and a review of online content.
This project seeks to understand the type of experiences people have, and the extent and nature of material that people see, experience, hear, are sent or simply come across in their daily lives that is racist or vilifying. This might include flyers and stickers, graffiti, websites, blog material, verbal abuse or other treatment that people experience as racism or vilification because of their race or religion.