We can all be victims
Even young people
Hate crimes are based on certain characteristics of a person and are used as a reason to target them.
We support young people affected by any form of Hate Crime – if you are targeted because of any aspect of your identity we are here to support you.
Behaviours which are classed as hate crimes are similar to bullying. It can include verbal and physical abuse, cyber abuse, harassment, property damage, threats and intimidation. Like bullying, this behaviour can happen anywhere – at school, home, on the bus, in the shops. These crimes are always motivated by prejudice and this is what defines them.
If you are being treated differently because of your race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability this is NOT bullying, this is a CRIME.
You shouldn’t be treated differently because of the way you dress, what you like, what you do, what music you like.
Hate crime in all its forms is sometimes carried out by young people because they're getting pressure from their friends. But it's not right; it could land you in prison and badly affect your future.
We know that most young people never commit hate crime. But if you are involved, you can put a stop to it before it goes too far.
Are you the victim? You may feel like you are being bullied, but actually you are a victim of Mate Hate, this is form of Hate Crime.
If your friends ‘make fun’ of what you wear, your personality, how you express yourself, you may brush it off as a joke and think it is what it is and there is no-one to talk to anyway, below you will find there are people to talk to and we can help you.
Most friends really are friends… but sometimes people might pretend to be your friend.
People who commit Mate Hates might be nice to your face. These people are often not rude, violent or aggressive, nor do they steal your things. They pretend to be nice to you but are not really your friend.
These are the signs you need to look out for. If you notice any of these things it could mean you or someone else is a victim of Hate Crime.
The first thing to do is talk to someone about it.
You can come into any police station at any time, or we can arrange to visit you at home, if that's easier or more comfortable for you. Avon and Somerset Police Service has made it a high priority to tackle hate crime in all its form.
You & Co is Victim Support’s youth programme that helps young people cope with the impact and effects of crime. Young People do not have to report the crime to the police to get support from us.
We concentrate our work on helping young people to:
Being a parent is one of the most important jobs there is - it is also one of the hardest. The hours are long; there is no pay and not a lot of gratitude. Little attention is paid to preparing people for this vital role, yet parents are the key to giving children a happy and stable childhood.
Most parents want to do their best for their children but for many, living with a child who is a victim of hate crime can severely disrupt their lifestyle. Lone parenthood, and being a young parent can all disrupt a parent's ability to cope, and families under stress need extra support.