Stop Hate Helpline Launches in WandsworthPosted on
Stop Hate UK is pleased to announce the launch of its 24-hour Stop Hate Line helpline service in the London Borough of Wandsworth.
Speaking about the programme Robyn Thomas, of Wandsworth Council’ Community Safety Department said:
“We are determined to make Wandsworth a safe borough for everyone and work with partners to do all we can to stamp out a crime that has such a devastating effect on victims, families and communities.
“One of the most effective ways of stopping hate crime is to ensure all incidents are reported, which is why we are delighted to be working with Stop Hate to support people to speak out.”
Rose Simkins, Chief Executive of Stop Hate UK, said: “All forms of Hate Crime are significantly under-reported and some people and communities are reluctant or unwilling to talk to the police or their council.
The Stop Hate Line, including all our range of reporting channels, gives all those directly affected by and witnesses of Hate Crime a safe and independent place to talk about their experiences and to explore their options for taking things further.”
“We are able to support people who may feel they have nowhere else to turn. Contact with our helpline, or other reporting channels, might be the first time an individual has talked to someone about the things they are experiencing. Other people may have tried to get help but find they are not satisfied with the response they received. No one should have to suffer Hate Crime in silence. The occurrence of Hate Crime has increased nationally but, working together with the council, statutory and community bodies, we can help to make a difference in Wandsworth.”
People can contact the Stop Hate Line anonymously if they prefer. Where someone has chosen to give their personal details to Stop Hate UK, their trained staff and volunteers will ask who they want their details to be shared with. The charity can also share information with the police and council, with consent, to ensure that those affected by Hate Crime, in any way, can access the support they need.
The Stop Hate Line is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year on 0800 138 1625. The helpline is also available by text message on 07717 989 025 and by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. British Sign Language (BSL) users can report via the interactive BSL link on our website www.stophateuk.org. Victims and witnesses can also chat on the web or fill in an online form by visiting www.stophateuk.org/talk.