Hate Crime Awareness Week 5th – 11th February 2018

5th – 11th February 2018 is Hate Crime Awareness week. If someone is being bullied, harassed or abused because of a prejudice relating to:

  • disability
  • race
  • religion
  • 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
  • harassment
  • 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
  • graffiti
  • arson
  • 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.