Commencing on Saturday, 12th of October, 2019 for one week, the Hate Crime Awareness Week aims to:-
- Raise awareness of what Hate Crime is;
- Encourage reporting, and;
- Promote local Hate Crime support services and resources.
Victims may have been bullied, harassed or abused because of who they are, their sexual orientation, gender, religion, ethnicity or lifestyle choice. The crime may be verbal abuse, offensive graffiti, threats, damage to property, assault, cyber bullying, abusive texts, emails or phone calls.
We need everyone to speak out against hate crime. If incidents are happening to you or someone you know then the effect can be huge. What can you do to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week?
- You don’t have to be a victim of Hate Crime yourself. If you witness a Hate Crime ….report it!
- If anyone tells you that they have been a victim listen to their story and encourage them to report it
- Spread the word that hate crime won’t be tolerated in North Wales through Facebook and
twitter….start conversations about it… ‘like’ and share the messages about Hate Crime on Facebook pages.
Why is it so important to report a hate crime or hate incident?
Hate incidents and hate crimes are under-reported. We want all Hate Incidents to be reported so that we can deter perpetrators, get support for victims and use the information to identify trouble spots and prevent the problem getting worse. Without knowing that these issues are taking place, we can’t stop them happening to you or someone else. The right support means we can stop victims feeling isolated, depressed, frightened, distressed or even worse taking their own life. Our hope is for all individuals across Wales to feel safe and welcome in their homes and communities.
We want everyone to understand the impact of hate crime and pledge to help eradicate it and so during Hate Crime Awareness Week Public Bodies in North Wales, supported by Welsh Government and working closely with Victim Support and other local organisations, will be working together on a regional awareness raising campaign.
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.
How do I report it?
Even if you think an individual incident is a small thing you should still report it and there are a number of ways you can report Hate Crime:-
- Call into a police station or telephone 101 (or 999 in an emergency)
- Submit a Hate Crime Reporting form to North Wales Police – these can be found on the North Wales Police Website
- Contact the Victim Support National Hate Crime Support and Reporting Centre on their FREE 24 hour helpline on 0300 30 31 982 or online at https://www.reporthate.victimsupport.org.uk/