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Hate: Never tolerate it. Always report it.

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What is Hate Crime?

A hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by an offender’s hostility or prejudice towards someone because of their perceived:

Disability

Gender Identity

Race

Religion Sexual Orientation

Individual Characteristic*

*(e.g. alternative lifestyle, culture, physical appearance and style of dress)

It’s important to know that you don’t have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. If an offender targets you because they perceive you to have a particular characteristic, this is an act of hate.

Hate Crimes & Hate Incidents

Hate Crime

Hate Incident

Any incident which constitutes a criminal offence that is perceived by the victim, or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.

Any incident that falls short of being criminal, but is still perceived to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on any of the same characteristics.

Hate incidents still have a devastating impact on the individual and the wider community. If you’re unsure whether you’ve experienced or witnessed a hate crime or hate incident, it’s vital that you still report it.

Examples include…

Hate Crime Examples

What Response Can I Expect From Police?

All reports of hate crime will receive a police response. They may not be able to respond immediately, but they will act on all reports. Visit their website for more information.

Reporting Hate

You can report a crime in confidence in a number of ways, to various organisations:

  • For non-emergencies call the Police 101.
  • In an emergency dial 999.
  • Report online to the Police via True Vision.
  • Call in at a police station or stop a police officer in the street.
  • Visit Warwickshire’s reporthatenow.com website where you can choose to report hate incidents to the Police (via True Vision) or to the Warwickshire Hate Crime Partnership (via independent charity, EQuIP). If you report to EQuIP, this can be done anonymously. This website is not a replacement for the Police, and emergencies should dial 999.
  • Contact Victim Support on 01926 682 693.
  • Victims of anti-Muslim hate can also report online to Tell MAMA or by calling them on 0800 456 1226. Tell MAMA supports victims of anti-Muslim hate and is a public service which also measures and monitors anti-Muslim incidents. It is not a replacement for the Police Service. In an emergency, please call 999.

Raising Awareness & Learning

We have produced an e-learning package, which aims to increase both knowledge of Hate Crime, and your understanding of how to respond to it. The training will boost your confidence and help you provide the best possible support for people who may be vulnerable.

In the team, we also deliver Hate Crime awareness sessions to community groups and professionals. These face to face sessions aim to raise awareness of hate crime, the forms it can take, busts myths surrounding hate crime, and signposts to reporting mechanisms and support available to those affected.

To find out more information on these sessions, or to book one for your group or team meeting, please contact communitysafety@warwickshire.gov.uk

Warwickshire Hate Crime Action Plan 2017-18

Public and third sector partners across Warwickshire have developed a partnership action plan to prevent hate crime in the county, increase reporting and improve the response and support available for victims.The action plan is delivered by the multi-agency County Hate Crime Group which reports to the Safer Warwickshire Partnership Board.

Warwickshire Hate Crime Annual Report 2019

The annual report below provides an overview of hate crime in Warwickshire in 2019 and partnership activity to address the issues.

Report Hate Now

Warwickshire’s Hate Crime Partnership have their own dedicated website to hate crime, which contains information, links to support services, and resources you can download to help raise awareness of hate crime in your area.

The Police are a key member of the Hate Crime Partnership, though we acknowledge not everyone may be confident to report hate to the Police. On the Report Hate Now website, there is a facility to report hate incidents either to the Police (via True Vision), or the Partnership (via indepndent charity EQuIP).

 

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