During National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2015 (10th – 17th October), the 4 Welsh Forces and Police and Crime Commissioners are joining together with the Welsh Government and Victim Support in running a range of local and national initiatives to raise awareness about hate crime and to encourage more people to report them. Throughout the week there will be a focus on each type of hate crime – religion, disability, sexual orientation, race and gender identity.
The campaign will be supported by messages from a dedicated Twitter account @HateCrimeCymru which will signpost to information, support and resources throughout the week using the hashtags #ThinkForMyself, #MakeHateHistory, #HCAWCymru15, #HateCrime and #SeeItHearItReportIt
In addition, Victim Support Cymru received funding from the four Police and Crime Commissioners in Wales to run a non-stop Hate Crime Roadshow around Wales this week aimed at informing residents what hate crime is; how they can report it and what support they are able to receive.
Chair of the Hate Crime Criminal Justice Board Cymru, Superintendent Mark Warrender, said:
“Hate crimes are under reported for a number of reasons. This week we are highlighting what a hate crime is and encouraging people to report hate crimes to us: whether it be verbal abuse, offensive graffiti, threats, damage to property, assault, cyber bullying, abusive texts, emails or phone calls. It is important communities know what we are doing about hate crimes and the support we and our partners can offer.
The 4 Welsh Forces have a zero tolerance approach to hate crime: it can destroy lives; instil fear and break down the fabric of communities and neighbourhoods. Hate crime can affect anyone and, if not tackled, can lead to the isolation and victimisation of individuals and vulnerable groups along with the polarisation of communities. Hate crime can affect anyone and, if not tackled, can lead to the isolation and victimisation of individuals and vulnerable groups along with the polarisation of communities.
This week, we encourage you to follow our social media campaign @HateCrimeCymru and highlight, challenge and report hate crime wherever you see it. To report a hate crime, call 101, 999 or visit www.report-it.org.uk”