As the country rallies to promote our shared values through Hate Crime Awareness Week, the government has refreshed the Hate Crime Action Plan to better protect victims and promote shared values.
The update to the Hate Crime Action Plan sets out new measures to tackle hate crimes. These include:
wide-ranging Law Commission review into hate crime – to explore how to make current legislation more effective and consider if there should be additional protected characteristics, such as misogyny and age
new nationwide public awareness campaign to launch later this autumn designed to educate on what hate crime is
extending the Home Office Places of Worship Scheme for a further year to support more religious institutions which are vulnerable to hate attacks
improving police response by offering call handlers specialist training on how to support hate crime victims and revamping the True Vision reporting website
over £1.5 million of further funding for groups such as the Anne Frank Trust and Kick It Out, which support young people to challenge prejudice and hatred
anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim roundtables, hosted by ministers, to discuss responses to these issues
National Hate Crime Awareness Week
The launch of the refreshed Action Plan coincides with National Hate Crime Awareness Week which takes place 13 – 20 October. The Week highlights the issue of hate crime and encourages victims, and anyone who knows or suspects incidents of such crime, to report them to police or a third-party organisation.
Incidents of hate crime may involve a physical attack, damage to property, bullying, harassment, verbal abuse, insults or online abuse using social media. Types of hate crime can include, anti-Semitism, homophobia and Islamophobia, transphobia and disability hate crime.
If you or someone you know is suffering hate crime, or has suffered hate crime in the past, please contact the police on 101. In an emergency dial 999. If you can't tell the police, you can report it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through their online form or contact a bespoke race, faith, disability or LGBT organisations. Information on these can be found on the True Vision website: www.report-it.org.uk