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Support for victims of racial or religious hate crime

As part of our Hate Crime Awareness campaign this week we are focusing on racial and religious hate crime. People of all racial and religious groups can be victims of hate crime. Avon and Somerset police works with many local and national organisations that are helping support victims of hate crime and helping raise awareness of hate crime.

The Bristol Hate Crime Service was launched in 2013 and is made of four local organisations: SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality), LGBT Bristol (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Communities), Brandon Trust (working with people with disabilities) and Bristol Mind (for better health). 

All of these organisations are there to help and can be contacted on 0800 171 2272. By calling SARI to report a hate crime a worker from one of the above organisations will be allocated to the case. They can help wherever you live in Avon and Somerset.

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You & Co are the youth section of victim support and have created some specialised materials helping young people understand and identify with hate crime. They have focused some of their communication on Islamphobia. This helps differentiate between a hate crime, which is a criminal offence and a hate incident where the level of abuse is not classed as a crime but is still not acceptable. For more information visit the You & Co Islamophobia page

This film was made by You&Co and shows a range of experiences of Islamophobia by young Muslims.

The Bristol Hate Crime Service was launched in 2013 and is made of four local organisations: SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality), LGBT Bristol (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Communities), Brandon Trust (working with people with disabilities) and Bristol Mind (for better health).

All of these organisations are there to help and can be contacted on 0800 171 2272. By calling SARI to report a hate crime a worker from one of the above organisations will be allocated to the case. They can help wherever you live in Avon and Somerset.

Tell MAMA supports victims of anti-muslim hatred or prejudice across the UK. They have helped nearly 7000 individuals since March 2012.They work closely with social media companies as 74% of anti-muslim hate incidents reported to them occur online.

Other support groups: For a list of organisations set up specifically to offer support and advice for victims of hate crime go to the Hate Crime - Help and Support page.

How to report a hate crime:  

These are only a few of the organisations who help victims of hate crime. The aim of the campaign is to help encourage victims and witnesses of hate incidents - whether it is verbal, physical or on social media - to report it to the police or these other relevant organisations. 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 fill in the report crime form. If you don’t want to contact us directly please use an independent agency or report it online on the True Vision website