The Office of the PCC is supporting Hate Crime Awareness Week across the Thames Valley
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld is supporting Hate Crime Awareness Week (10th – 17th October).
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has commissioned The Hate Crime Network as a third party reporting mechanism for hate crime and throughout the week will be meeting groups and organisations to raise awareness of hate crime and encourage reporting.
Hate crime is a crime or incident which is perceived either by the victim or another person to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a persons real or presumed religion, sexual orientation, race, gender identity or disability. Hate crime can take many forms such as physical and verbal attacks, vandalism, graffiti, online abuse and threatening behaviours.
Hate crime is underreported with the Crime Survey of England and Wales estimating in 2013 that 60% of hate crimes go unreported.
As well as taking third party reports to improve knowledge of this type of crime, The Hate Crime Network also supports the caller to make a formal report to Thames Valley Police when the caller feels this is the best way forward. The service will also work to identify and reduce barriers to reporting and offer appropriate advice and information to those victims requiring further emotional support.
Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley said ‘Many people who have been a victim of hate crime do not report it. Hate crime should not be tolerated or lived with and I hope that Hate Crime Awareness week will increase the knowledge of hate crime and encourage victims, and those witnessing hate crime, to report it.
‘Victims of hate crime may not always feel comfortable going to the police. Commissioning the Hate Crime Network to provide a third party reporting service enables victims to report the crime through an intermediary and receive further support where necessary.’
Hannah O’Neill Director of the Hate Crime Network said ‘ Hate Crime is experienced by a number of people daily, many don’t feel that they can report it, maybe because they don’t know they are a victim or don’t think it will be taken seriously. However this really isn’t the case any more. If people come forward they will be supported, but the key is reporting. Please come forward and let us help you’.
Hate Crime can be reported to the Police on 101 or in an emergency 999, or if you would prefer to report to the Hate Crime Network you can do so on 0300 1234 148
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- In October 2014, local Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) became responsible for commissioning new emotional and practical support services for victims of crime in their area. Across the country, local commissioning replaced the old system of grant-funding by the Ministry of Justice, although some services are still commissioned nationally, including the witness service, homicide service, trafficking service, rape support and some victims' helplines.
- PCCs are responsible for commissioning both a ‘non-specialist’ overarching victim referral mechanism including onward support and more ‘specialist’ services for victims of crime, including Restorative Justice service and hate crime.
- The PCC has consulted with voluntary and community sector providers and engaged with victims' organisations across the Thames Valley to ensure that all potential providers were well-informed and ready to take part in the commissioning process.
- The Hate Crime Network contract is one of a number of new services created by the PCC in Thames Valley