National Hate Crime Awareness Week - Saturday 8 -15 October 2016
National Hate Crime Awareness Week kicks off on Saturday 8 October 2016, with the aim of raising awareness of hate crime and providing guidance and support to victims of how they can make it stop.
Hate crime is a criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender or perceived disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender.
Hate crime can take many forms – from violence or threats of violence to verbal abuse, insults or name calling and this year, as ever, North Yorkshire Police are keen to highlight that hate crime is indeed a crime and will not be tolerated.
Chief Inspector Nick Hunter, North Yorkshire Police lead for hate crime said:
“Hate crime is an incredibly impactive crime and those who are targeted or victimised are done so for purely being themselves. Hate crime can vary from violence to name calling and continual nuisance. No matter what form it takes, it can have an incredibly damaging effect on people and greatly affects their quality of life. We appeal to any victims or witnesses of hate crime to come to us and report it and together we can stop it.”
North Yorkshire Police work closely with a number of partners such as Stop Hate UK, True Vision and Supporting Victims in North Yorkshire to raise awareness of hate crime and provide a number of reporting channels that victims can use to report any occurrence of hate crime.
- Reports can be made directly to North Yorkshire Police on 101, or 999 if in immediate danger.
- If a victim does not want to involve the police, Stop Hate UK can be contacted on 0800 138 1625 or visit their website http://www.stophateuk.org/talk-to-us/
- True Vision is another agency which can provide support and guidance and you can report hate crime online to them at http://www.report-it.org.uk/home
- Supporting Victims in North Yorkshire can also provide support and assistance to victims of hate crime, again without the involvement of the Police. They can be contacted on 01904 669276 or online at supportingvictims.org
Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan said:
“We know that hate crime is happening here in North Yorkshire but is severely under-reported.
“The police and their criminal justice partners do a good job and North Yorkshire’s conviction rate for hate crime is well above the national average at 88 per cent. However, we all need to do more to increase the rate of reporting.
“Victims of hate crime need to have the confidence to report their experience to either the police or a third party, such as Stop Hate UK, and I can reassure any victims reading this today that the police will always take their concerns seriously so do please come forward if you have been a victim.”
There are a number of events happening throughout the week across North Yorkshire, that members of the public can drop into to learn more about hate crime and the support services available.
In Northallerton a ‘Difference no difference’ event is being held at Northallerton Town Hall on Wednesday 12 October from 10am-1pm. If you have been or are worried about being a victim of crime because of your age, race, religion, lifestyle or disability to go along for information and support.
Scarborough Borough Council are holding a series of events throughout October and their mobile office will be available in the following locations to offer more advice and support:
Scarborough – outside Brunswick Shopping Centre from 11am-3pm on Saturday 15 October 2016
Filey – outside Tesco Supermarket from 11am-3pm on Wednesday 26 October 2016
Whitby – outside Customer First from 11am-3pm on Tuesday 25 October 2016
York Celebrates Difference’ is the first ever city-wide event to celebrate cultural diversity and is being launched in partnership with York St John University, City of York Council, University of York, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Make it York to offer a unique opportunity to demonstrate support for the city’s cosmopolitan mix of cultures and faiths and to engage and unite people of all backgrounds.
The event, which will be held on Saturday 15 October 2016, 10:00-17:00 in St Sampson’s Square in York’s city centre, is aimed at residents, schools, students, tourists and local organisations to promote York as a tolerant City of Sanctuary. Seeds will be distributed as a symbol of peace. You can follow the evnt on social media with the hashtag #CelebratesDifference or find out more at http://celebratesdifference.com/