*Details of local events taking place are at the end of this release*
‘No Place for Hate’ is the theme of Hate Crime Awareness Week (HCAW) which begins on Saturday (October 13).
The police and local councils across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, as well as the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, are working together to tackle hate crime and highlight how to report it.
A number of awareness raising events will be taking place across the area during the week including a ‘cake not hate’ stand, workshops in schools and a hate awareness market stall.
E-training on hate awareness will also be promoted to council staff across the area.
A hate crime is when someone commits a crime against someone because of their disability, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, religion, or any other perceived difference.
It doesn’t always include physical violence and can include someone using offensive language or harassing someone because of who they are.
I hope people take part in these awareness raising events and embrace the diverse cultures and communities of Leicestershire, or even consider holding an event of their own to celebrate diversity.
“Hate incidents are underreported, but if we all stand together we can help support victims and let them know in Leicestershire there is no place for hate."Person:Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for safer communities
Leicestershire Police has a dedicated hate crime officer, Nicola Mannion, who provides advice and support to officers who deal with victims of hate crime and hate incidents in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Nicola said: “Hate crime can take many forms, it is important that people know how hate crimes are defined and how these crimes and incidents can be reported if they occur or are witnessed. Report it to us and we will investigate it.
“Hate incidents and hate crimes don’t just impact on the victim but the whole community so we’re pleased to be working with a range of other agencies to highlight these issues during Hate Crime Awareness Week.”
People can report hate incidents and crimes to the police by phoning 101, there is also the Stamp It Out website which has online reporting (this can be anonymous) or in an emergency always call 999.
You can also report hate incidents to your local authority:
Leicestershire & Rutland County or call the County Hate line on 0116 3058263 (during office hours).
In Leicestershire county you can also visit your local council office or library, which are reporting centres for hate incidents. Reporting centres are alternative locations within the local community
You can follow the campaign locally on social media where partners will be using the hashtag #StampoutH8
Notes to Editors
- A ‘Cake not Hate’ stand at New Horizons Baptist Church Care, Market Harborough: Friday, October 19, 10am -12pm
- Hate awareness event stalls at Loughborough Market, hosted by Charnwood Borough Council in conjunction with the Police and Equality Action on Thursday, 18 October – 10am – 12pm
Examples of hate incidents include:
Someone posts something on social media relating to gay adoption that is perceived to be a homophobic incident
Someone overhearing language they think is racist
Examples of hate crimes include:
A person receiving a threatening letter that they feel has been motivated by their disability
A synagogue has a swastika painted on the door and windows smashed.