Council supports Hate Crime Awareness Week

Coun Gary Taylor
Coun Gary Taylor

South Holland District Council is supporting this year’s Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Research suggests that many hate crimes are not reported to the police and the initiative aims to raise awareness of what hate crime is and how to respond to it.

The council is working in partnership across Lincolnshire to support the campaign which is currently under way.

Hate crime is any incident which may or may not be a crime that anyone perceives to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards any aspect of a person’s identity.

This covers race, identified gender, disability, ethnicity or sexuality.

Hate crimes include things like name calling and verbal abuse, bullying, harassment, spitting, kicking, damage to your property, graffiti and writing.

Victims are not alone. Stop Hate UK is a charity that provides independent and confidential support if you have been a victim or have witnessed any behaviour which is motivated by hate.

Coun Gary Taylor, council portfolio holder for community, said: “We are supporting this worthwhile campaign and encourage anyone who is victim or a witness of a hate crime to report the incident.”

Reporting Hate Crime

It is important that all hate crimes are reported.

On the phone: 0800 1381625 – it’s a 24 hour helpline.

In a text: 07717 989025

In an email: talk@stophateuk.org

• For further information on hate crime and hate crime awareness, visit www.stophateuk.org or www.lincs.police.uk/news-campaigns/news/2016-2/hate-crime-explained-during-awareness-week/