Stop Hate UK – Response to HMIC Report

The recent report, issued by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies (HMIC), says that Police in England and Wales must tackle ‘significant problems’ in handling Hate Crime.

It’s a headline that makes people sit up and take notice and many are quick to criticise the authorities for not always getting things right in this area. However, there is a wider perspective that must be considered when looking at this potentially sensitive issue.

Whilst many of the UK’s Police forces have a Hate Crime strategy and defined strands of Hate Crime, there is still a lack of training and understanding about what Hate Crime is, the correct way to record the incidents and having the time, expertise and knowledge of how to respond to victims and witnesses.

We know that there is a great deal of inconsistency of the quality and quantity of training and we would like to see Hate Crime training prioritised – including refresher training – and checks to ensure that the message and policies are fully understood.

Our Police forces are already vastly overstretched and have had funding consistently cut for the last few years. However, if the report’s predicted trend in the rise of Hate Crime incidents does come to fruition in 2019, then those resources will be even more stretched to cope with any increase, no matter what the level.

It is, therefore, vital that the Police and authorities make use of the advice, support and training that is available to them from specialist 3rd party organisations, such as Stop Hate UK and that, collectively, we must adopt a collaborative approach to tackling Hate Crime.

Often, when people make their very first call to report or ask for advice regarding what could be perceived to be a Hate Crime or Hate Incident, that first conversation or point of contact is, arguably, their most vital conversation.

This is where 3rd party groups, organisations and charities provide such vital support to the Police. It is this specialist, expert advice that can often be the difference in how someone perceives their entire experience, in terms of the help they receive and their journey towards a resolution and/or outcome.

Stop Hate UK currently provide support to a number of the UK’s police forces and have developed many key relationships with other organisations during this time, proving that a collaborative effort is the key to tackling Hate Crime in our society, and that we are truly stronger together.

To find out more about Stop Hate UK, our training and support services and our work to assist in tackling Hate in our society, visit our website or search for our social media platforms.

Galvanising Leeds Towards A Hate Free City

Galvanising Leeds Towards a Hate Free City

Galvanising Leeds Towards A Hate Free CityOn 14th June, in Leeds Civic Hall, people from community groups, charities, the city council and the police came together, with a common goal – to ‘Galvanise Leeds’ towards being a Hate free city.

Organised by Stop Hate UK, the event was held in association with Safer Leeds and Passion Works CIC and was one of the first of its kind in the city, in terms of having such a diverse audience, made up of those at the forefront of the city’s Hate Crime Strategy, but also those who are no less involved yet, until now, have perhaps not had the platform or the access to such resources.

The event had received funding and assistance from the National Lottery Awards for All, Leeds’s Community Safety Partnership, Safer Leeds and the University of Leeds.

After a welcoming address from our very own Chief Executive, Rose Simkins, it was the turn of Harvinder Saimbhi, Head of Anti-social Behaviour for Leeds City Galvanising Leeds Towards a Hate Free CityCouncil, speaking as Head of Operational Delivery, gave a great presentation on the progress made by the Leeds Hate Crime strategy and its priorities for 2018.

We then welcomed Leeds GATE, the award winning community members organisation for Gypsies and Travellers, who presented a video they had made themselves, highlighting the issues faced by the group’s members. This was followed by a passionate address from Sophia Thomas, Director of TransLeeds, who provide support and advocacy for all trans* identifying people across Leeds.

The morning’s keynote speeches were rounded off by Stop Hate UK’s Director of London Services, but in his guise as Chair of the Government Independent Advisory Group (IAG) talking about the Hate Crime National Strategy and Priorities.

Prior to the day of the conference, delegates were invited to select to participate in a number of workshops, facilitated by various groups and individuals and it was at this point the audience divided to join their chosen morning workshops.

The morning workshops were run by West Yorkshire Police, Stop Hate UK, Ann Chapman Consultancy and Leeds Development Education Centre & Voice Influence & Change Team, covering such topics as transport, reporting and monitoring Hate Crime in Leeds, what communities should be included and young people, respectively.Galvanising Leeds Towards a Hate Free City

After a break for lunch, the afternoon workshops commenced, featuring topics such as Online Hate, Hate Crime in public places (city centre and nighttime economy, what makes a ‘safe place’ and engaging reporting and signposting in Leeds.

These workshops were delivered by Aspire CBS, the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, Stop Hate UK and Tea and Tolerance.

 

After another welcome refreshment break, the afternoon moved into a plenary session, introduced again by Rose Simkins, who welcomed the Ambassador of the Jo Cox Foundation and lead on the ‘More in Common’ movement, Kim Leadbeater, who delivered a rousing address on just how the tragic death of her sister Jo Cox has completely changed her life and focus, which certainly touched many members of the audience.

After a feedback session from each of the workshop groups, it was left for Rose to close the day and thank all the attendees, speakers and facilitators, plus those who had helped to organise this amazing and unique day.Galvanising Leeds Towards a Hate Free City

Commenting on the day, Rose said “We are very proud that Leeds is such a diverse city, but we need to ensure that all people, whatever their identity, feel part of it and, when we say diverse, are we including everybody?  We need to ensure that all voices are heard and that we all feel safe and secure in Leeds. I hope this event means there will now be a raft of things we can introduce that will make it even better.”

To find out more about Stop Hate UK or Galvanising Leeds, visit our website by clicking here.

Stop Hate UK Hate Crime Reporting App

Stop Hate UK – Updated West Yorkshire Hate Crime Reporting App

We’re pleased to announce some changes to our West Yorkshire Hate Crime Reporting App.

Although not one of the 5 nationally monitored strands of Hate Crime, Ageism still appears consistently in our own reports and statistics, so the new release of the Stop Hate UK Reporting App now contains Ageism as one of the available selections behind an incident’s motivation.

Stop Hate UK Hate Crime Reporting App

Also, we’ve enhanced the App so users can be more specific when specifying faith as the motivation for the Hate Crime incident. Now, if faith is selected, there is a supplementary question about the type of faith that was involved; e.g. Christianity, Islam, Buddhism or any other faith.

These two changes will help us to make sure we are gathering more of the relevant information to provide help, support and guidance throughout the reporting and referral process.

A key addition to the new release of our App is that any audio, video or pictures are now automatically stored to your device (which was not possible on the previous version).

This means that once anything that might help in the reporting of an incident, such as a recording of someone saying something offensive or inappropriate, footage relating to an incident or a picture that could be important to taking the report further, would now be stored permanently on your device, until you delete it.

The advantages to this are that, sometimes, it could be that the situation of the incident could mean it is necessary to get away as quickly as possible, which can now be done with the captured images, audio or footage securely available on your device, to refer back to later and complete your report.

Another advantage is anything captured to the device will also be available for any authorities (e.g. the Police) or other organisation to view in their investigations or any other referral processes.

Finally, we’ve upgraded our App so that it’s now compatible with most tablet devices, featuring all the updates mentioned above, so it’s now even easier to access our West Yorkshire Hate Crime Reporting App.

If you already have our App downloaded and installed onto your device, all you need to do is head to your app store and download the updates that are ready and waiting for you!

If you’ve not managed to download our App as yet, don’t worry! Just visit your device’s operating system’s app store, search for ‘Stop Hate UK’ and follow the instructions.

We hope that you find the improvements we’ve made to our App mean it’s a more user friendly and thorough method to report a Hate Crime incident. If you’d like to find out more about the work of Stop Hate UK or our Hate Crime Reporting App, visit our website or email info@stophateuk.org.

Stop Hate UK Statement

Stop Hate UK Statement – March 2018

Stop Hate UK want to make it clear that we find the recent sending of anti-Muslim letters, to families across the UK, a terrible and abhorrent act.

We are determined in our work to end acts like this and, as such, we have opened up our Hate Crime Helpline to anyone needing help or support in reporting an incident, or anyone that is worried by the recent events and would like advice on the current situation.

If you would like to speak to us about the issue above, or about any aspect of Hate Crime, please call 0800 138 1625 – our trained Helpline operators are here to help you!

Remember, you can also report a Hate Crime incident direct to the police funded website, True Vision (www.report-it.org.uk), call the police non-emergency number on 101 or visit Tell MAMA (www.tellmamauk.org). In an emergency call the police on 999.

National Hate Crime Awareness 2017 – Joint Press Release

October 14th 2017 marks the beginning of the 6th annual National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW. The week starts with a special launch event at St Paul’s Cathedral, at 6pm on Sunday 15th October, followed by Hate Crime awareness events right across the UK for the duration of the week.

The week is organised by the anti-Hate Crime charity 17-24-30 No Hate Crime Campaign, in partnership with Stop Hate UK, the leading national Hate Crime charity.

This year we are also very pleased to announce that 17-24 -30 has received funding for National Hate Crime Awareness Week from both DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government) and MOPAC (Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime – London) in order to increase awareness of the week and increase the range of merchandise we can offer to support events and initiatives across the country.

Last year over 200 events were organised and registered on the 17-24-30 website, where you can find a full list of all the Hate Crime events and activities taking place around the UK on its annual National Hate Crime Google map.

The week’s aim is to encourage all of us including local authorities, local councils and local police services to work together with communities affected by Hate Crime across the UK to stage Hate Crime awareness events to promote a message of HOPE.

The acronym HOPE stands for:

  • Hate crime awareness,
  • Operational response to hate crime,
  • Preventing hate crime and
  • Empowering communities to report hate crime and access support services.

Founder of 17-24-30, Mark Healey says

“We are very proud that National Hate Crime Awareness Week is now being marked by so many local authorities and organisations around the UK. This will be our biggest year yet but there is still so much more that needs to be done. We need to get every local authority involved. We want people to organise and get involved in hate crime awareness events everywhere around the UK, to remember those we have lost, and stand together with all those affected by these horrendous attacks. Working together we will eliminate all forms of hate crime.”

Rose Simkins, Chief Executive of Stop Hate UK believes it’s an important week in the calendar by adding

“We wholeheartedly support National Hate Crime Awareness week and we would encourage people to show their support to the many people affected by Hate Crime. Although every week is Hate Crime Awareness week for Stop Hate UK the week gives others the opportunity to show their support for this vital work and for us all to work closer together.”

The week is supported at both organisations’ websites and via social media using #NHCAW. The week runs from Saturday 14th October until Saturday 21st October 2017.

For more information visit our NHCAW page or visit the National Hate Crime Awareness Week website.

National Hate Crime Awareness Week Press Release from Lincolnshire Police

Press release from Chief Inspector Daniel Whyment of Lincolnshire Police:

National Hate Crime Awareness week

Communities in Lincolnshire are urged to come together and stamp out all forms of hate crime, as part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week – a campaign hosted by 17-24-30 in partnership with Stop Hate UK.

The Awareness week first began in 2012, and is in its sixth year of running, with the joint-purpose of:

  • Raising awareness of hate crimes – and
  • Encouraging local authorities to work with partners and communities to tackle hate crimes.

Lincolnshire Police as part of the Safer Communities partnership are supporting that campaign, and throughout the week will be discussing the various different Hate Crimes on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Chief Inspector Dan Whyment, Chair of Lincolnshire Hate Crime Delivery Group, said:

“It is vital that the public have the confidence to report all forms of Hate Crimes, so that we can bring an end to prejudice and discrimination in communities in Lincolnshire. This campaign is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the different types of Hate Crimes, and demonstrate how necessary and vital it is that communities group together to report and stamp out all forms of Hate Crime.

Lincolnshire is an open and tolerant county for everyone, no matter who you are or where you come from. This annual campaign remains an important part of the year to remind the public to treat all forms of Hate Crime as if they were being committed against one of your friends – and report it immediately via 999 in an emergency, or 101.”

Hate crimes can be reported via:

Stop Hate UK

You can also report hate crime in Lincolnshire to Stop Hate UK on: 0800 138 1625

Text: 07717 989 025

Email: talk@stophateuk.org

Web Chat: www.stophateuk.org/talk

Text Relay, for the deaf and hearing / speech impaired callers: 18001 0800 138 1625

 

More help and support in Lincolnshire:

Just Lincolnshire – 01522 520174/07867 385826

www.JustLincolnshire.org.uk

Email: sue@justlincolnshire.co.uk

 

Victim Support

16 Melville Street

Lincoln

LN5 7BW

0300 303 1947

www.victimsupport.org.uk

 

GIRES – Gender Identity Research and Education Society

www.gires.org.uk

Acid Attacks – Would you know what to do?

It’s an alarming fact that ‘acid attacks’ appear to be on the rise in the UK, and some of them appear to be linked to incidents of Hate Crime.

However, it’s important to note that some of the more recent attacks seem, on the face of it, to be acts of robbery as opposed to be incidents of Hate Crime but, nevertheless, we think it’s important to understand what to do in the event of such an attack.

The advice below, from ‘Stop Acid Attacks’, is how to treat an acid burn in the immediate aftermath once you have dialled 999…

  1. The most important step is to immediately wash the affected body part with plenty of fresh or saline water
  2. Dirty water can cause severe infection, so only rinse the burn with clean water
  3. Keep flushing the burn with cool, but not very cold water until the burning sensation starts fading. This could take up to 45 minutes
  4. Remove any jewellery or clothing which has had contact with the acid
  5. Do not apply any cream or ointment as it may slow the treatment procedure by doctors
  6. If possible, wrap the affected area in a sterilised gauze to protect the skin from air, debris, dirt and contamination
  7. Get to A&E as quickly as possible

It’s also important to note that if you’re helping somebody else, it’s vital that you keep yourself protected at the same time.

Remember, these types of attacks are, thankfully, very rare indeed, but it is vital that we know what the immediate steps are to try to minimise the effects where possible.

Interestingly, as I write this, I am distracted by the news that the government are reviewing the sentences and punishments handed down to perpetrators of acid attacks and that this will be debated the issue in the House of Commons this coming week.

So, let’s hope any changes to the law reflect the severity, anguish and life changing effects felt by all those affected  by acid attacks.

If you would like to find out more about Stop Hate UK’s work, just email us by clicking here or visit our website here.

Latest CPS Hate Crime Newsletter

We are pleased to share with you the latest CPS Hate Crime Newsletter.

It’s packed full of information, including positive outcomes in CPS areas, information about the Gender Recognition Act, the NBCPA and LGBT network event and much, much more.

You can view the newsletter by clicking here.

If you have any comments or questions about the newsletter, you can email the CPS Team here or contact Stop Hate UK here.

The next issue will be released in July, so look out for the latest update on our website.

 

Stop Hate UK to launch in Essex

Press Release – Stop Hate UK Helpline to launch in Essex

Stop Hate UK is pleased to announce the recent launch of the 24-hour Stop Hate Line helpline service across Essex. The service has been funded by The Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex.

Commenting on the launch of service, Essex Police & Crime Commissioner, Roger Hirst, said:

“Essex is a safe place to live with resilient communities and strong relationships between communities, the voluntary sector and public services.

‘We need to make sure that we encourage the reporting of hate crime so that we can deal with it together. This is a confidential service designed to help encourage people to come forward and report hate crime but also access the support services they need.”

Rose Simkins, Chief Executive of Stop Hate UK, added:

All forms of Hate Crime are significantly under-reported and some individuals and even whole communities are reluctant or unwilling to talk to the police or their council.

The Stop Hate Line, plus our other range of reporting channels, gives victims and witnesses of Hate Crime a safe and independent place to talk about their experiences and to explore their options for taking things further.

Rose continued:

We are able to support people who 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. Sadly the occurrence of Hate Crime has increased nationally but, working together with The Police and Crime Commissioner, this is a trend we can reverse.”

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 talk@stophateuk.org. Service users with Hearing Impairments can report via interactive BSL by clicking the 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.

Stop Hate UK is a national charity that provides independent and confidential support to people who are affected by all forms of Hate Crime. The Stop Hate Line is Stop Hate UK’s Hate Crime reporting and support helpline. Anyone in Essex can contact the Stop Hate Line to talk about how they have been directly or indirectly affected by Hate Crime.

The charity, whose Patron is Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon OBE, of Clarendon in the Commonwealth Realm of Jamaica, and ambassadors are Canon Mark Oakley of St Paul’s Cathedral and Great Britain athlete Adrian Derbyshire set up the Stop Hate Line in 2006 in direct response to Recommendation 16 of the Macpherson Report (the enquiry into the handling of the death of Stephen Lawrence) states that victims and witnesses should be able to report Hate Incidents 24 hours a day and to someone other than the police.

To download a copy of this press release click here: Press Release – Essex Stop Hate UK Helpline Service_Final

If you would like to talk to Stop Hate UK about this or any other aspect of our services please email info@stophateuk.org.

Stop Hate UK Response – Release of Police Hate Crime Figures – Post Brexit Vote, July to September 2016

Statement from Stop Hate UK on Hate Crime figures post Brexit vote

As you may have seen featuring heavily in the news, the majority of police forces in England and Wales have reported record levels of Hate Crimes reported to them, in the 3 months directly after the EU referendum, with more than 14,000 Hate Crimes being reported and 10 forces reported more than a 50% increase on the previous 3 months.

Whilst the figures are alarming and saddening, in equal measures, Stop Hate UK is not entirely surprised by them.

During the same period, as part of our day-to-day work to support those affected by Hate Crime, we saw first hand what was happening all across the UK, between July and September. In the 3 weeks directly after the referendum result, our own statistics saw a 60% increase in incidents reported to us, via our reporting channels.

Across the quarter, which covers the same 3 months as the police figures, Stop Hate UK recorded an increase of 32% in reported incidents overall and, whilst motivations of disability and gender identity were comparatively static, incidents motivated by race saw a 55% increase and those motivated by religion an 80% increase.

Stop Hate UK welcomes the release of these figures into the public domain, as it does now put into direct context the impact of the ‘Brexit’ campaign and it’s undeniable effect upon incidences of Hate Crime in the UK, which was doubted and even dismissed by certain sections of the media and across the political spectrum.

To find out more about Stop Hate UK and our work, visit www.stophateuk.org or email info@stophateuk.org