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PCC encouraging communities to stand together against hate crime

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Stop Hate UK is a charity that provides independent and confidential support to people affected by Hate Crime www.stophateuk.org

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens is supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week and encouraging victims to come forward and report.

The week taking place from October 12-19, aims to raise awareness about the issues surrounding hate crime, encouraging people to report incidents and to re-iterate the message that will not be tolerated.

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “Victims of hate crime are not alone, you will be believed and it is important that the police know about any form of hate crime that you have experienced so that they can respond.

“It is essential that people experiencing hate crime come forward and report it to make sure that those committing this crime, experience the consequences and know that any form of discrimination will not be tolerated in Avon and Somerset.”

Last week PCC Sue Mountstevens shadowed the charity ‘Stand Against Racism and Inequality’ also known as SARI on one of their visits to offer support to an individual who was a victim of hate-crime.

Navian Simms, a victim of hate crime for 10 years said: “Hating people because of their colour is wrong. We need to stand up together. I encourage people to come forward and use the support of the Police and SARI who want to help you. With your bravery they will assist to eradicate hate and race crime.”

As part of the Community Safety Grant, Ms Mountstevens has allocated over £80,000 to develop a hate crime victim’s support service across Avon and Somerset.

In South Gloucestershire a specialist service is being extended from victims of race hate incidents to other crime types including disablist, homophobic, gender and age.

Over the next few months there are lots of events taking place, which the Commissioner and members of her office will be attending:

If you or someone you know is a victim of hate crime please contact Avon and Somerset Police by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also report online at http://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact/crime_reporting/  

Stop Hate UK is a charity that provides independent and confidential support to people affected by Hate Crime http://www.stophateuk.org/

 

Posted on Friday 18th October 2013
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