This National Hate Crime Awareness Week (13th – 20th October 2018), Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens, the police, and partners are working together to increase understanding about what a hate crime is, how to report it and to remind people what they can do if they see hate crime happening in their community.
Hate crime is defined as ‘any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someone based on a personal characteristic.’
- In the last 12 months 3,284 hate crimes have been reported, representing a 10% increase in the last two years.
- One year after gender hate crime was officially recognised in Avon and Somerset, 401 gender hate crimes have been reported*. This represents 12% of the total number of hate crimes reported.
- Racial hate crime remains the highest reported hate crime, with 2,028 (61%) hate crimes reported the last year.
- Underreporting continues to be an issue especially for victims of hate crimes related to disability and sexual orientation.
Police and Crime Commisisoner Sue Mountstevens said: “Our homes and the streets we live should be a place free from discrimination, intolerance and prejudice. Sadly, this is not always the case and we still hear of hate crime incidents. That’s why it’s important we are firm in our message that hate has no home in our communities.
“In my experience, strong communities supporting one another, standing together, are safer communities. If you’ve been a victim of hate crime you are not alone, there are people who can help and you belong to a community who cares. Only by working together can we show that hate crime will not be tolerated, by bringing offenders to justice.”
Avon and Somerset Police lead for Hate Crime Superintendent Andy Bennett says: “Tackling Hate Crime, in all of its forms, is a priority for us. Our Chief Constable wants us to be outstanding in how we tackle this. More people seem to be reporting Hate Crime but we want to reduce the instances of it occurring. It is not acceptable.
“Anyone can be a victim of hate crime. If you have been verbally or physically attacked, threatened, or subjected to malicious communication because of your gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, gender identify or because of a disability, please get in touch with us. And if you feel you can’t then please speak to a local charity or organisation.
“We know these figures don’t show the full picture so we are keen to encourage more victims to come forward. We are working to make Avon and Somerset a place where there is no home for hate.”
Talks at the Anne Frank + You exhibition
Anne Frank + You, an exhibition about Anne Frank’s life and times will be running until 27th November at The Brewhouse, Taunton. Two workshops focusing on Hate Crime will be taking place alongside the exhibition on 22nd and 27th October from 19:00 – 21:00. PC Rob Brown will explain different forms of hate crime and how the police tackle these abhorrent crimes. Leonard Daniels Chairman, Somerset Anne Frank Awards will present a talk “The Pathology of Hate Crime” which explores how hate can arise within society and, if left unchecked, how it develops dangerous mutations and require complex cures. On Monday 22nd October, Paul Heim will share his extraordinary personal experience of the impact of hate, describing his first-hand account of his Jewish family’s escape from Vienna in 1938.
Watch our Let's End Hate Crime video here
Posted on Thursday 18th October 2018