Last month the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley launched a Hate Crime awareness campaign to encourage people to come forward and report it.
Hate Crime is a crime or incident against you, your friends, your family or your property because of your actual or presumed sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability, race or religion. It can take many forms such as physical and verbal attacks, vandalism, graffiti, online abuse and threatening behaviours.
The ‘Let’s Hate Hate’ campaign is a continuation of the work of the Office of the PCC in supporting victims of hate crime and features 10 individuals from all walks of life who could be either a victim or a witness of hate crime, or both. The campaign’s overall aim is to encourage both victims and witnesses of hate crime not to accept abuse as ‘normal’, but report it by calling 101.
The Office of the PCC also run a Third Party Reporting Mechanism for Hate Crime which allows victims and witnesses of hate crime who aren’t comfortable reporting directly to the police, to contact them instead. The service ensures that both victims and witnesses of hate crime have access to the support they need. Reports can be made by phone on 0300 1234 148 or online through its Victims First website www.victims-first.org.uk