This National Hate Crime Awareness Week (13- 20th October 2018), we’re raising awareness of the types of behaviour which are classed as hate crimes and the support available for our residents who may be experiencing it.
In today’s society, most people understand that certain types of behaviour and words are unacceptable but they don’t always recognise that they are also criminal.
Someone is committing a crime against you if, for example, they verbally abuse you in the street because of your disability, race, religion, transgender identity or sexual orientation.
If you believe that you or someone you know has experienced a hate incident or hate crime, you can report it to the police by calling the non-emergency number 101. If you are in immediate danger and feel there is a threat to your life, you should dial 999. The police treat hate crime reports seriously and can take a range of action against offenders including, in some cases, prosecution.
If you’ve experienced hate crime, it may have been just one isolated incident or repeated harassment. It is always worth keeping a record of what has happened so you can share it with the police. You may be unsure whether the incident is a criminal offence, or you may think it’s not serious enough to be reported. However, if you are distressed and want something done, it’s always best to report it. While the police can only charge and prosecute someone when the law has been broken, there are other things they can do to help you deal with the incident.
Sanctuary Housing takes hate crime and incidents very seriously too. If you are worried about something that’s happened in your neighbourhood and would like to talk to us about it, please call 0800 131 3348 or 0300 123 351 (from a mobile).