National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017 is taking place from Saturday 14 until Saturday 21 October. It aims to highlight the issue of hate crime and encourage victims, and anyone who knows or suspects incidents of such crime, to report them.
Hate crime can take many forms, such as assault, harassment or abuse, but all incidents share one thing in common – victims are targeted for simply being who they are. People can be targeted because of hostility or prejudice towards their race, sexuality, religion, disability or transgender identity, amongst other examples.
Many victims do not report these incidents and endure harassment for a long time. The campaign aims to reassure victims that they do not have to tolerate abuse and it is important to report such incidents, whether it’s just one isolated incident or repeated harassment by the same person or group of people. Hate crime also applies to social media activity and should be reported in the same way as more conventional forms of abuse.
How to report hate crime
Victims are being encouraged to report all the hate incidents they experience to give police the full picture of the nature of abuse, and anyone in a hate crime situation is advised to keep a record of the incidents, which will also help any investigation. Incidents should be reported to the police as soon as possible on 101, or in an emergency on 999.
If you can’t tell the police, report hate crime to a third party such as Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via the True Vision website: www.report-it.org.uk
A new national online hate crime hub announced
To tackle the growing threat of online hate crime, ensure better support for victims and help drive up the number of prosecutions, a new national hub will be launched later this year. The hub, run by police officers, will work to ensure online cases are managed effectively and efficiently.
The hub’s primary aim is to improve the police response to the problem of hate crime online. Following referral to the national hub via Truevision, the police website to report hate crime, individual complaints will be assessed, and relevant cases will be assigned to the appropriate local force for investigation. Victims will be kept updated throughout, as police forces seek to bring perpetrators to justice. It is expected to be operational before the end of the year.