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.
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.
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...
Question: Which of the following would characterise a hate crime?
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:
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.
Question: If you have suffered from or recognised a hate crime, how would you report it?
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.
Question: If you have suffered from a hate crime and need support, who can help?
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 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.