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Working together to beat Hate Crime

Posted: 17th March 2015 by Essex CRC.

Essex CRC supports Essex Police and communities across the county in making a stand against hate crime.

The ‘Stop the Hate’ campaign is part of a national drive to promote awareness of Hate Crime using the hashtag #WeStandTogether, and aims to encourage anyone who feels they have been a victim to seek help.

There is also a website www.stopthehate.org.uk which has lots of information on hate crime, advice, news, and where to get help.

Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

The campaign aims to address a number of findings which indicate reluctance among victims to report hate crime:

According to the 2011 Crime Survey of England and Wales only 15% of hate crimes/hate incidents were reported.

One recommendation of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry recognised the need for ‘victims to be able to report at locations other than police stations’ to encourage greater reporting.

To address these issues, the Essex Police Strategic Hate Crime Prevention Partnership (SHCPP) is establishing a network of accredited Hate Incident Reporting Centres (HIRC) and Hate Crime Ambassadors, across Essex.

HIRCs work in collaboration with Essex Police and other partner agencies, including Essex CRC, to provide support and information during the reporting process. Hate Crime Ambassadors are trained community members who raise hate crime awareness and promote reporting of hate incidents crime.

If you experience Hate Crime:

As soon as you can, go somewhere you know is safe and get help

In an emergency call 999. Otherwise call the police on 101

Tell the police what has happened and why you think it is a hate crime

If you do not have the confidence to talk to the police, there are details of Hate Incident Reporting Centres (HIRCs) here or you can report on-line at www.report-it.org.uk or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111