This week is National Hate Crime Awareness Week – a week of solidarity with those affected by hate crime.
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s
- Race or ethnicity
- Religion or beliefs
- Sexual orientation
- Transgender identity
Hate crimes and incidents hurt – by reporting them you may be able to prevent something similar happening to someone else. You can also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in your local area so they can plan and respond to it.
You can report hate crime in several ways – whether you’ve been a victim or a witness:
- In an emergency call 999 (if you can’t make voice calls you can contact the emergency services by text from your mobile).
- Contact the Police – details on how to contact your local police force can be found here: www.police.uk
- Report online: go to Report a hate crime - True Vision (report-it.org.uk)
- Crimestoppers: if you don’t want to talk to the Police, you can still report a hate crime by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org
- Via a third-part reporting centre, which CGA are proud to be. A list of organisations that can help can be found here: Organisations That Can Help - True Vision (report-it.org.uk)
CGA is proud to be an official third-party hate crime reporting centre. This means you can report any concerns or complaints about any type of hate crimes or hate incidents to us directly. If necessary, 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 (option 5)
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.