Stop Hate Crime

Hate incidents and hate crime are acts of violence or hostility directed at people because of who they are or who someone thinks they are. If you’ve been affected, make sure you report it.

What is Hate Crime?

Hate incidents and hate crime are acts of violence or hostility directed at people because of
who they are or who someone thinks they are. For example, you may have been verbally
abused by someone in the street because you’re disabled, or if you are part of the LGBTQ+
community.

If you’ve experienced a hate incident or hate crime you can report it to the police.
Thames Valley Police have some more information here:
www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/hate-crime

Report Hate Crime

Hate crimes such as racist crime,
domestic abuse and homophobic crime
are one of our highest priorities.
In partnership with external agencies,
we’re supporting the needs of victims,
their families and their communities
to make them safer and prevent
re-victimisation.

Is it an emergency?

Does it feel like the situation could get heated or violent very soon? Is someone in immediate danger? Do you need support right away? If so, please call 999 now. If you’re deaf or hard of hearing, use our text-phone service 18000 or text us on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergency SMS service.

Why report hate crime?

It’s not OK to be targeted because of who you, your family or your friends are – or who people think they are. You have the right to live your life free from abuse and violence. If you’ve been the victim of a hate crime remember it is not your fault and help is available.

By reporting hate crime, you may be able to prevent this from happening again to you or someone else. Our officers and staff are trained to deal with hate crime sensitively and professionally.

Remember, you don’t have to be the victim of hate crime to report it. You can report anything you’ve seen happening to someone else or report it on their behalf if they don’t want to.

www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/how-to-report-hate-crime

News

 

 

Homophobic Hate Crime

Homophobic hate crimes reported to police have more than doubled in the past five years – but just 8% now result in prosecutions, new figures suggest.
Reports of homophobic abuse recorded by UK police forces soared from 5,807 in 2014/15 to 13,530 in 2018/19, according to the data.
But the number of prosecutions dropped from 1,157 to 1,058 over the same period – from 20% of all reports to 8%.

The figures were obtained by BBC Radio 5 Live Investigations under Freedom of Information laws.
Full responses to the request were received from 38 of the UK’s 46 forces, with partial data from Police Scotland not included in the analysis.

Source: Bracknell News September 2019

Let’s Hate Hate Campaign

The ‘Let’s Hate Hate’ campaign is a continuation of the work of the Office of the PCC in supporting victims of hate crime and features 10 individuals from all walks of life who could be either a victim or a witness of hate crime, or both.  The campaign’s overall aim is to encourage both victims and witnesses of hate crime not to accept abuse as ‘normal’, but report it.

Hate Crime is a crime or incident against you, your friends, your family or your property because of your actual or presumed sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability, race or religion. It can take many forms such as physical and verbal attacks, vandalism, graffiti, online abuse and threatening behaviours.

The Office of the PCC run a Third Party Reporting Mechanism for Hate Crime which allows victims and witnesses of hate crime who aren’t comfortable reporting directly to the police, to contact them instead. The service ensures that both victims and witnesses of hate crime have access to the support they need. Reports can be made by phone on 0300 1234 148 or online through its Victims First website www.victims-first.org.uk

Source: Thames Valley Police & Crime Commissioner Website

Hate Crimes Against Children

Recorded race hate crimes against children have increased by 71 per cent over the last three years in the Thames Valley. The research was revealed following an investigation by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

A total of 248 offences were flagged up by the Thames Valley Police as race hate crimes against children in 2017 and 2018, which is up from 145 in 2015 and 2016.

Across the three years 56 of the victims were under the age of ten and children have reportedly told the NSPCC running service Childline that they were being targeted because of the way they looked

John Cameron, head of Childline, said: “Childhood bullying of this nature can cause long term emotional harm to children and can create further divisions in our society.

“If we see a child bullying another because of their race we need to tackle it head on, by explaining that it’s not ok and how hurtful it is.
“I would urge any child who is being targeted because of their race to contact Childline, and any adult to call the Helpline if they are worried about a child.”
Some of the children tried to change their appearance by using make up, while others said they did not want to tell their parents for fear of upsetting them.

Source: Bracknell News May 2019

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