Great article from Warwickshire Police, well worth sharing!
Police stations across Warwickshire and the West Mercia policing area have shown their support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities by flying the rainbow flag to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT).
IDAHOT, which is celebrated every year on 17 May, started in 2004 and aims to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBT people internationally. It is celebrated in 130 countries.
The rainbow flag is considered a symbol of gay pride and reflects the diversity of the community.
Warwickshire and West Mercia Police are committed to tackling hate crime and hate incidents carried out against members of the LGBT community and giving victims the confidence to come forward and report their ordeal.
Hate crime lead, Chief Superintendent Lee Davenport, said: “Today is about showing solidarity with the LGBT community and sending out a message that we won’t tolerate hate crime in all its forms and neither should anyone else.
“In today’s society, nobody should be victimised because of who they are and we want to ensure nobody suffers in silence.
“We know that hate crimes of all types are underreported and one of the aims of today is to ensure people from the LGBT community come forward if they have been a victim of a hate crime in the confidence that they will be listened to and the crime investigated.”
Robin Brabban, chair of the Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police LGBT Independent Advisory Group (IAG), said: “As Chair of the police Independent Advisory Group for LGBT people, we welcome the continued efforts of West Mercia Police to tackle hate crime and to encourage anyone experiencing harassment or abuse to report incidents to the police.
“The IAG reviews and scrutinises hate crimes and hate incidents. We would like to encourage any interested members of the LGBT community to join our group to ensure continued support and advice for the police in pursuing this form of hate crime.”
If anyone is interested in becoming a member of the LGBT IAG they can contact Jo-An Golding (tel – 02476 483 121, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
What is a hate crime?
A hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s:
- Race (including nationality, national origin, ethnic origin, race and colour)
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity
- Individual characteristic that makes someone appear different
Examples of hate crime
Any type of crime can be a hate crime. Examples include:
- Physical attacks
- Damage to property
- Offensive graffiti
- Threats of attack
- Offensive letters
- Abusive or obscene telephone calls
- Anti-social behaviour and intimidation
- Offensive language and harassment
What can you expect from the police?
All reports of hate crime will receive a police response. We may not be able to respond immediately, but we will act on all reports.
How do I report a hate crime?
You can report a crime in confidence in any of the following ways:
- In an emergency call 999
- For non-emergencies call 101
- Report online at http://www.report-it.org.uk
- Call in at a police station or stop police officers in the street
- Call North Worcestershire Victim Support on 01527 66462
- Call South Worcestershire and Herefordshire Victim Support on 01905 726885
- Alternatively, contact or visit one of our third party reporting centres.
Posted by Sam Cook, Operational Communications Officer
17 May 2016