National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2022
It’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week (8 – 16 October), our Safer Neighbourhoods Team will be taking part in the week to raise awareness of how to report it in your area.
What are ‘Hate Crimes’?
‘Hate crimes’ are crimes that are hostile and prejudiced in their manner, when targeting a person merely as a result of their: disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation and transgender identity.
Why are we tackling this issue?
Across the country, incidents of reported hate crime are increasing. They can impact on the victim’s mental health, physical health, professional life and person relationships – the impact can be resounding and tear through a community.
What are we doing at Onward:
Within Onward, our Safer Neighbourhood Team have supported the Police with their investigations of 31 hate crime cases affecting our customers between April 2021 to April 2022 . The cases range in severity, from harassment to serious violent assaults and extortion, but regardless of the severity, what is clear is the impact that this can have on a victim or a victim’s family and on the community.
For example, Onward supported a family seriously targeted with racial hate crime in North Liverpool by providing extra security to the property, CCTV and referrals to external agencies whilst we found suitable alternative accommodation in another area of the city.
To find out how Hate Crime is being tackled in your region visit the following links
To report hate crime, always call 999 in an emergency. If it is not an emergency, you can report it to the police by dialling 101.