Supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week
National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017 is being marked from 14-21 October, highlighting what hate crime is and encouraging victims to report it.
Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council's Joint Community Safety team is supporting the campaign by making information available online and in reception areas of both council offices in Amersham and Denham.
Hate crime can take many forms, such as assault, harassment or abuse, but all incidents share one thing in common - victims are targeted for simply being who they are. People can be targeted because of hostility or prejudice towards their race, sexuality, religion, disability or transgender identity, amongst other examples.
Many victims do not report these incidents and endure harassment for a long time. The campaign aims to reassure victims that they do not have to tolerate abuse and it is important to report such incidents, whether it's just one isolated incident or repeated harassment by the same person or group of people. Hate crime also applies to social media activity and should be reported in the same way as more conventional forms of abuse.
Victims are being encouraged to report all the hate incidents they experience to give police the full picture of the nature of abuse, and anyone in a hate crime situation is advised to keep a record of the incidents, which will also help any investigation.
Incidents should be reported to the police as soon as possible. Call Thames Valley Police via 101, non-emergency or 999 in an emergency. Alternately you can call Crimestoppers anonymously via, 0800 555 111.