National Hate Crime Awareness Week
All crime is wrong, but crime that is motivated by hostility or hatred towards the victim is particularly corrosive. It can have devastating consequences for victims and their families, and can also divide communities.
This is why I welcome Hate Crime Awareness Week 2015. It will be a great opportunity to show how we can work together to tackle hate crime.
As the Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation, I have had the privilege of meeting representatives from a wide range of groups who work to tackle hate crime. I cannot overstate how much they do to challenge the attitudes that foster hatred and support victims. Whether it is the Community Security Trust offering security, protection and reassurance to the Jewish community, Tell MAMA helping victims of anti-Muslim hate crime through the justice system, or GALOP offering care to LGBT victims of hate crime, all of our stakeholders play a vital role in the fight against hatred.
Getting the response to hate crime right depends on local partnerships and collaboration. I congratulate all local areas who have organised events this Hate Crime Awareness week to promote local services and initiatives and urge them to continue the excellent work they are doing.
However, we know that there is still much to do. We know that more antisemitic hate crimes were reported to the Community Security Trust in 2014 than in any other year since it began collecting data in 1984, and this trend has continued into 2015. We know that the Metropolitan Police Service recorded more anti-Muslim hate crime in the year we saw isolated incidents in Paris and Tunisia and ongoing instability in Syria and Iraq. We know that there are people here in the UK who seek opportunities to divide communities and cause harm to those who they perceive as different.
This is why tackling hate crime is one of my priorities as a minister. Hate Crime Awareness Week is an ideal opportunity to reflect on the journey that has brought us to this point and consider how we continue our progress in the fight against hate crime. We should not forget the victims in this fight.
We need your help too, because without your reports, we do not know where incidents are happening, or the true scale of the problem. Please come forward and report any incidents to the police, either directly or through True Vision at http://www.report-it.org.uk
Karen Bradley MP