Driving out hate in North Somerset - 8 to 15 October
Hate crime can have devastating effects on individuals and communities so victims or witnesses are urged to report any incidents to help drive it out.
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:
- Race or ethnicity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Transgender identity
A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime.
Following the Brexit result in June, there were increased reports of hate crime across the country, including a slight rise in the Avon and Somerset police area.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week runs from 8th to 15th October and representatives from a range of local organisations will travel around the county to set up displays and engage with the public about what hate crime is, how to report it and the support for victims available. Events will also take place around the UK and included street parties, cake bake offs, coffee mornings and candlelit vigils.
If you or someone you know has experienced hate crime, reporting it can stop it happening to someone else. Reporting it also helps the police better understand the level of hate crime in your area and improve the way the respond to it.
Incidents can be reported by victims or witnesses. Incidents can range from verbal abuse, threatening or aggressive behaviour – even through letters, emails or social media – criminal damage to personal property, or physical attacks.
Remember: Don’ suffer in silence, REPORT IT
Hate crime can come in many forms but it means being bullied, assaulted, harassed or verbally abused because you are different.
It is a criminal offence which has been perceived by the victim as being motivated by some form of prejudice or hate.
This could be based on race, skin colour, ethnic origin, nationality, religion, faith, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.
Hate crime can be carried out in a number of ways. It might be a physical attack, vandalism or criminal damage, verbal abuse or abusive gestures, cyberbullying, or offensive communications such as text messages, phone calls, leaflets or posters.
Report a hate incident online at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/hatereport or call Council Connect: 01934 888 801
Call 999 in an emergency or the police on 101 in a non-emergency.