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This Hate Crime Awareness Week would you know how to recognise, report and get support?

To mark National Hate Crime Awareness week we are encouraging victims of hate crime to report it to the police. We have been raising awareness of Hate Crime throughout 2016, focusing on the various types of hate crime.  

Online Poll Results

In August we took to Twitter to ask if you know the difference between bullying and hate crime. 76% people did know the difference, so as we continue to raise awareness of hate crime and the impact it has on victim’s lives we ask you to watch the film below and ask yourself what you would do if you saw a hate crime.

Test Your Knowledge

Throughout National Hate Crime Awareness Week and throughout our 2016 campaign we have aimed to help you recognise, report and support, so now we want to test your knowledge... 

1. Recognise it - What is a hate crime?

Question: Which of the following would characterise a hate crime?

  • Physical or learning disability
  • Skin colour or ethnic origin
  • Sexual orientation
  • Mental health issues
  • Nationality
  • Religious belief
  • Gender identity

Answer: All of these are characteristics that we currently monitor as a hate crime, but they are not restricted to these. It could also be a hate crime if you are a victim of a crime due to your personal characteristics. If you think the motivating factor was because of a personal characteristic, then you have suffered Hate Crime so please report it.

Question: Could you recognise a hate crime? Which of the following could be a crime committed as a hate crime:

  • Physical attacks such as assaults
  • Vandalism, criminal damage, graffiti or arson
  • Verbal abuse or abusive gestures
  • Cyberbullying
  • Offensive communications
  • Threats of an attack
  • Financial exploitation

Answer: All of these crimes are common ways for a hate crime to be committed. If you spot any of these then please report it immediately.

2. Report it – how would you report a hate crime?

Question: If you have suffered from or recognised a hate crime, how would you report it?

  • Contacting the police
  • Contacting a local support charity or organisation such as the Bristol Hate Crime Service
  • Reporting online on the True Vision website
  • Confiding in a friend or colleague

Answer: 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. However, if you feel unable to speak to the police then submitting an online report or speaking to a support organisation can help. If someone confides in you about a hate crime, please encourage them to report it.

3. Support – where can you get support if you are a victim of a hate crime?

Question: If you have suffered from a hate crime and need support, who can help?

Lighthouse website

Off The Record website

Stand Against Racism & Inequality (S.A.R.I.) website

Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH) website

Disability Rights UK (national) website

Answer: All of these organisations will be able to support you if you are a victim of a hate crime. Please also contact the police to report the crime and prevent future victims.

Thank you

Thank you for supporting our campaign. It doesn’t end here please continue to recognise, report and support. Improving the recording of these crimes will enable a better understanding and help identify and improve services for victims in communities where hate crimes are evident.

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