National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020 takes place from 10th – 17th October.
What is Hate Crime?
Hate crime is any criminal offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by someone’s prejudice or hatred toward their victim. A hate incident may not be a crime as defined by law, but the perpetrators’ actions are hostile and intended to cause offence or hurt.
Hate crimes and incidents can also be directed at whole communities – for example desecration of graveyards, vandalism of places of worship, offensive graffiti in public places, or acts of terrorism. Hate crime can include verbal abuse, threatening behaviour, offensive graffiti, harassment, damage to property and violent malicious communications, which can include cyber bullying through Social Media.
We recognise the vulnerability of certain members of the community and we are working in partnership with the Police and other agencies to prevent all forms of hate crime. CGA encourages anyone who is the victim of, or witness to, hate crime to report it immediately. This is vital to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
Lancashire Victim Services campaign highlights hate crime support
As part of this week Lancashire Victim Services (LVS) are launching their 'Let's spell it out – This is hate' campaign which highlights hate crimes and incidents and raises awareness of how those affected can access help and support from Lancashire Victim Services.
The campaign, funded by Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner, also highlights hateful behaviour with the aim of encouraging people to think about how their words and actions can affect others.
Any crime or incident believed to be based on someone's race, ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability is a hate crime or incident. People could also be a victim of hate crime if they believe they were targeted because the offender perceived them to be different in some way.
Lancashire Constabulary recognise that some victims and witnesses of hate crimes and hate incidents may find it difficult to report the matter directly to them - so to remove any barriers to reporting hate crimes and incidents they’ve chosen to work with several organisations who victims may feel more comfortable talking to.
We are proud that Community Gateway are officially one of the third-party hate crime reporting centre. This enables you to report any concerns or complaints for any type of hate crimes or hate incidents to us directly. If requested, we will take appropriate action and, more importantly, we will send the information to the Police, either for monitoring purposes or for their involvement. All our colleagues from the Tenancy Management team have been trained to help victims and witnesses to submit a report to the police.
Hate crime has no place in our community, and we will continue to work and support our tenants and wider community members to ensure our neighbourhoods are a safe and inclusive place for all.
To find out more about our service or if you are affected by any type of hate crime, or you have witnessed someone else being affected by it - you can make an initial complaint to us, please contact the Tenancy Management team on 0800 953 0213.
Anyone affected by hate crime can contact Lancashire Victim Services on 0300 323 0085, chat online at www.lancashirevictimservices.org or find out more about hate crime support at www.lancashirevictimservices.org/thisishate.