New hate crime reporting app launched

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It’s now easier than ever to report homophobic and other hate crimes in Kirklees, with the launch a new smartphone app service.

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The new service launched on Tuesday 17 May, which is IDAHO (international day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia). IDAHO aims to tackle prejudice and discrimination and promote the rights of lesbian and gay people.

Nobody should have to live with the fear, anxiety and consequences of hate crime so we work in partnership with West Yorkshire Police to provide support and guidance to victims who experience hate crime,  and take positive action against perpetrators.

We are sending out a clear message that hate crime will not be tolerated in Kirklees.

What is a hate crime?

A hate incident is any incident that the victim or any other person feels is motivated by the offenders hatred of their race, sexual orientation, disability and/or faith and religion.

The new app has been funded with a grant from the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson.

The app is free to download and also gives information about what is hate crime and types of incidents. The app links directly to an online facility to report hate crime and incidents. The person who reports the incident has a choice of which agencies the report is sent to, including the council, police, housing, victim support and others.

This should help give a faster response to reports via the app. The app’s content will be updated regularly to include news, information and advice.

Hate crime can take place anywhere – at home, in the streets, at work, and at schools. It can include threats, verbal abuse, graffiti, arson, robbery, violence towards you and damage to your property. It affects individuals, families and communities.

The hate crime app is available for android and iphones. Users of the app can also share it with their friends and family by email and sms.

Carol Gilchrist, Head of Safe and Cohesive Communities said:

“We want to help communities and individuals understand what hate crime is and encourage victims and witnesses to report it. This new app will help us reach out to those at risk and allow victims to report hate crime 24/7, wherever they are.

“I hope it will help those who may feel uncomfortable speaking to someone directly, to come forward to report and get support. Reporting hate crime can be quite daunting so we wanted to make reporting as easy and accessible as possible. Once people have reported they will be supported where appropriate and we will work with them to help them feel confident and safe.”

“There’s no doubt that hate hurts and it’s something no-one should have to live with.

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said:

“Putting victims first is a key priority for me. I want to continue to make sure that all victims and witnesses receive the best possible support and this new app is part of that.

“We need to do all that we can to encourage people to report hate crime and hate incidents and giving people alternative ways to report is crucial in making sure our communities are safer and feel safer.”

How to report hate crimes

  • Non-police matters contact our Hate Crime Unit on 01484 416295.
  • Report all incidents on the council hate crime pages
  • Always call 999 in an emergency.

There are independent Hate Incident Reporting Centres (HIRCs) across Kirklees. Find out where your nearest centre is at the council hate crime pages

More about International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

  • Since 2005, May 17th has been dedicated to the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, marking the day in 1990 when the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.
  • May 17 is now celebrated in more than 120 countries, with  hundreds of activities, events and actions taking place all over the world. These activities unite millions of people who want to protect human rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
  • It is an annual landmark that draws the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders and local authorities to the alarming situation faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, and all those who do not conform to majority sexual and gender norms.
  • At least 81 countries in the world criminalize same sex relationships. This means that 40% of the world population (or 2.8 billion people) are not free to choose who they love. Millions of homosexual and bisexual people live in a constant state of fear.

ENDS

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