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Celebrating Diversity – launching our 6 month awareness strategy

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Avon and Somerset Police has launched a new campaign aimed at promoting awareness of the different types of hate crime and encouraging victims to report it. #celebratenothate

A hate crime is any criminal offence that is motivated by a prejudice or hate of one the five strands of the victim’s identity listed below. Anyone can be a victim of hate crime; you don’t need to be a member of a minority group.  People can be targeted because of a variety of reasons so we will focus on different forms of hate crime for one week each month. These include:

  • Race, skin colour, ethnic origin, nationality.
  • Religion or belief (or lack of religious belief).
  • Sexual orientation (including homophobia).
  • Gender identity (including resentment of transgender people, transsexuals and transvestites).
  • Disability (including physical disabilities, sensory impairments, learning disabilities and mental health issues)

We will also focus on online hate crime, where people hide behind the anonymity of a computer and helping young people identify hate crime and how they can report it. 

Across the next 6 months will also be celebrating the excellent work of our officers, the public, community and action groups who encourage and support diversity across Avon and Somerset.

Will White, Hate Crime Lead for Avon and Somerset police says:

“We’ve had some successful hate crime awareness campaigns in previous years but have recognised that each type of hate crime needs an increased awareness and this campaign allows us to do that. The campaign will culminate in October with the National Hate Crime Awareness week but the conversation will not end there, we are committed to continuing to raise awareness of hate crimes and encourage reporting.”

This week we focus on how hate crime can affect you and will share some stories of individuals who have been victims of hate crime. These powerful stories are a perfect starting point for our campaign, demonstrating the impact Hate Crime can have on an individual and hopefully encourage those who have suffered in silence to recognise the importance of reporting these crimes. 

Improved recording of these crimes will enable a better understanding and help identify and improve services for victims in communities where hate crimes are evident.

  • Anyone with information about a hate incident is asked to report it either by calling 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency or in person at a police station.
  • If you feel you can speak to us, we would prefer to speak to you on the phone or in person, however if contacting us online is the safest way for you to get in touch, you can complete our online reporting form.
  • If you don’t want to contact us directly please use an independent agency or report it online on the True Vision website