The week commencing 10th to 17th October 2020 is National Hate Crime Awareness week. This year in North Wales key agencies are coming together to promote the same key message - hate crime will not be tolerated in North Wales!
A hate crime is where an individual is targeted because of their identity or perceived difference. It could be an act of violence or hostility or discrimination. Victims may have been bullied harassed or abused. This can happen in public or in the workplace.
Hate crime destroys lives and isolates vulnerable individuals and communities. We know it is happening but it remains under reported. Left unreported, offenders are free to continue committing this crime. We want this to change. We want everyone to encourage and support people to talk about hate crime and most importantly REPORT IT.
So how can you support National Hate Crime Awareness Week? Help us to get the message across by:
- If anyone tells you that they have been a victim, listen to their story and encourage them to report it.
- If you witness it, report it… You don’t have to be a victim to make a report.
Hate Crime should be reported by calling North Wales Police on 101 (999 in the case of an emergency) or Victim Support’s free 24 hour helpline on 0300 30 31 982. Further information is also available online www.reporthate.victimsupport.org.uk.
If you think you are, or have been a victim of a hate crime or incident, if you witness a hate crime or incident, or think someone you know is a victim then please don’t ignore it.