This Saturday is the beginning of Hate Crime Awareness week 2020

This Saturday is the beginning of Hate Crime Awareness week 2020.

The week has two clear aims:

  • it aims to raise understanding that many people in society unfortunately still suffer hate crimes on weekly and sometimes daily basis.
  • the week aims to encourage the reporting of hate crime should you suffer from it personally or if you witness it.

Hate crime includes any criminal offence targeted at someone that is fueled by hostility or prejudice related to the individual’s:

  • disability
  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • gender identity

Did you know?

78% of all recorded hate crime are race related

14% of suspects and 20% of victims are repeat incidents

*By reporting a hate crime you may be able to prevent this from happening again to you or someone else.

92% of all reports of disability hate involve violence and in a third of all recorded incidents, the suspects are under 16yrs.

80% of hate crime directed at individuals because of their perceived faith/religion involves violence. Research would suggest that all forms of hate are under reported by 80%.

In 2020 hate crime reports in West Yorkshire due to sexual orientation have, so far, increased by approximately 28% compared to the same period last year. However, they still only account for approximately 14% of all hate reports in West Yorkshire.

Reports of hate crime due to an individual’s perceived gender identity are significantly under reported. It’s not OK to be targeted because of who you, your family or your friends are – or who people think they are.

You have the right to live your life free from abuse and violence. If you’ve been the victim of a hate crime remember, it is not your fault and help is available. Police officers and staff are trained to deal with hate crime sensitively and professionally.

Report a hate crime

There are many ways to report a hate crime, check out the Kirklees Council website for guidance.

You can report a hate incident 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, via Kirklees Direct on 01484 414888.

What happens when the Police receive a hate crime?   

Restorative Solutions

Restorative Solutions can provide victims with a voice and promote an understanding of the impact of hate on both individuals, families and communities.

What does that look like?

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