Hate Hurts. Report It and Help Us Put a Stop to It

FORCEWIDE

11 Oct 2021

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Humberside Police reminds people to call it out and report hate crimes this Hate Crime Awareness Week

Humberside Police is calling on the community to call out Hate Crime this Hate Crime Awareness Week, which started  on the 11th October 2021.

More than 2,400 hate crimes were reported in the last 12 months, marking an increase year on year. Most notably, there was an increase in reported hate crimes covering race (1296), sexual orientation (531) and disability (405).

Assistant Chief Constable Darren Downs explains why this is positive news; “Historically, people have not reported hate crimes and as such we’ve not been able to pursue those that commit them. I am reassured to know that our community is now reporting them more frequently so that we can crack down on this behaviour.”

He added; “Victims have often been subject to hate crimes over a number of years and so do not always identify them as being hate crimes. That’s why we’re supporting this year’s Hate Crime Awareness Week.”

A hate crime can be anything perceived, by the victim, or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s protected or perceived characteristic of race, religion or belief, disability, sexual orientation, or transgender identity.

The latest figures show that hate crimes continue to be prevalent across the region but are thankfully now being more widely reported than ever before. Today, a joint campaign launches with Safer Hull, to highlight that all hate crimes have lasting damage on the victims.

ACC Downs added; “Nobody should have to live with the fear and anxiety that hate crimes cause. Not only does it have a significant and long-lasting impact on victims, but also their family, friends, and others in the community.

“Hate crimes happen day in, day out, and we urge people to report them so we can follow them up. We will not tolerate people who disrupt our communities with hatred and prejudice.”

“If you are verbally or physically abused, have your property damaged or are harmed or targeted in any other way, and you perceive those actions to be motivated by your race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity, we are urging you to come forward in confidence to make a report.”

Councillor Aneesa Akbar, Portfolio holder for Communities said

“At Hull City Council we firmly stand against any form of hate and will not tolerate hate crime. We should all be able to go about our lives without the fear of being abused for who we are.’

“Reporting incidents at any of the four centres across the city, or online, will help the police better understand hate crime in the area and also potentially prevent future instances.” We should all be able to go about our lives without the fear of receiving hate crime for being who we are.

“We want to encourage those that have underreported and challenge the culture that means people don’t always come forward. You can report incidents at any of the four centres across the city, or online, and this will help us and the police better understand hate crime in the area and also potentially prevent future instances. We have seen the rise of hate crimes nationally in regards to people experiencing bigotry. We need to make sure that we understand where we are, and that we are getting an accurate picture to support our communities. This won’t always be policing, but about how we bring our communities together to tackle the root causes of bigotry.

“We are proud of the diversity of the city. Hull is a place we should always all feel, welcome and celebrated.

Tracy Harsley, Chair of Safer Hull, Hull’s Community safety Partnership added;

“It is vital that the public have confidence to report all forms of hate crime so that we can bring an end to prejudice and discrimination when it does take place in communities in Hull, the Safer Hull partnership are confident that by working together we can make a real difference and show that hate crime will not be tolerated.”  “For victims, the key message has to be, please don’t suffer in silence. If you see it or hear it then report it – there are people that can help.”

To report a hate crime, visit www.humberside.police.uk or the national hate crime website, call us on 999 in an emergency, or 101 for non-emergencies, or visit one of the four reporting centres across Hull. Information on where these centres are can be found here.

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