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Recognising Hate Crime And What To Do If You Are A Victim Of It

From 13 to 20 October, the UK observes National Hate Crime Awareness Week (HCAW).

The annual event, which was founded by the organisation Stop Hate UK, raises awareness about hate crime in the UK and encourages people across the nation to help put an end to it.

A hate crime can apply to a broad range of incidents, but its meaning is simple: a hate crime is a crime motivated by someone’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability. It occurs because the perpetrator is prejudiced towards the victim.

Although most people stand firmly against any sort of hate crime in the UK, Muslim people are sometimes targeted.

Tell MAMA, an organisation that monitors anti-Muslim attacks while offering victim support, revealed there were 1,201 reports submitted in 2017; an unfortunate 26% increase on the year before. On 16 October of this year, Tell MAMA confirmed – based on new research – that religious hate crime has increased. These incidents can be stopped and there are actions that we can take as individuals to protect ourselves and others from these crimes.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of a hate crime – no matter how small the incident may seem – it is important to report it, both to the police and to groups like Tell MAMA.

Understandably, this is easier said than done. Often, the simplest reaction to a hate crime is to seek comfort in family or friends, or to do nothing at all. No one will be judged for taking this route. However, one way our community can support one another is by giving victims of hate crime the confidence to report it when it happens. The fact of the matter is that if you have been affected by hate crime, you are not alone. Help is there.

So, share your experiences with those around you: seek their advice and know that you are supported when it comes to reporting a hate crime and your voice is being heard. It doesn’t matter if it’s an unpleasant remark or a violent attack, don’t let the perpetrator get away with it.

By reporting it, you can begin to put an end to it. For more information on how to report hate crime, please follow this link.

Here are some organisations you can contact in the event of a hate crime.

The Police

Emergency number: 999

Non-emergency number: 101

Tell MAMA

Website: https://www.stophateuk.org/

Phone: 0800 456 1226

Text message: 0115 707 00 07

WhatsApp: 0734 184 6086

Email: info@tellmamauk.org

Stop Hate UK

Website: https://www.stophateuk.org/report-hate-crime/

Phone: 0800 138 1625

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