5th – 11th February 2018 is Hate Crime Awareness week. If someone is being bullied, harassed or abused because of a prejudice relating to:
- transgender identity
- sexual orientation
- identification with alternative sub-culture
Then this might be a hate crime or a hate incident. Anyone can be the victim of a hate incident. For example, you may have been targeted because you have a disabled child, even if you’re not disabled yourself.
Hate incidents might include:
- verbal abuse like name-calling and offensive jokes
- bullying or intimidation by children, adults, neighbours or strangers
- physical attacks such as hitting, punching, pushing, spitting
- threats of violence
- hoax calls, abusive phone or text messages, hate mail
- online abuse for example on Facebook or Twitter
- displaying or circulating discriminatory literature or posters
- harm or damage to things such as your home, pet, vehicle
- throwing rubbish into a garden
- malicious complaints for example over parking, smells or noise.
On Thursday 8th February local PSCOs will be at All Souls from 10am – 2pm to give out information about hate crime and hate incidents. You’ll have an opportunity to chat to them about how to identify and report hate crimes in your community.