Today marks the 25th anniversary of the murder of Stephen Lawrence. The thoughts of everyone here at Stop Hate UK are with Doreen and Neville, and all of the Lawrence family.
As the title of last week’s BBC documentary made clear, Stephen’s murder changed a nation. This legacy, and his family’s tireless and dignified fight for justice, truth, and fairness, continues to be an inspiration for all of us and is a beacon of hope for a better future for all our communities.
Stephen may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. He is at the heart of everything we do.
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.
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 email@example.com.
I write the first blog of 2018 looking forward to another successful year for Stop Hate UK, packed full of events, initiatives and our continued work to challenge all forms of Hate Crime.
It’s only the middle of February and we’ve already seen 2 successful ‘Hate Crime Awareness Weeks’ in Merseyside and Greater Manchester, where Stop Hate UK played a key role in supporting the many things happening in both areas and there’s so much more to come in 2018!
These weeks also coincided with the launch of our new ‘Spread Love, Not Hate’ campaign.
Our new campaign has been launched in response to the many tragic events, that we witnessed in 2017, but also to remind ourselves of our very own vision statement;
“We dream of a society which is free from hate, harassment and discrimination, where all people are valued for their unique identity.”
When I reference our vision statement, I am also reminded of the great quote from the American poet and civil rights activist, Mary Angelou, that;
“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.”
So, we think our new campaign to ‘Spread Love, Not Hate’ really resonates with our core values and vision, but also uses language that people can really relate to and get behind.
As part of the campaign, we’ve launched a range of new merchandise, available to buy to show your support and, of course, spread the love! Just visit our online shop to take a look at the new items, together with our existing range of Stop Hate UK products.
We’re really looking forward to 2018 and building on our successes in 2017 and we hope you’ll join us in spreading the love.
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.
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.”
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…
The most important step is to immediately wash the affected body part with plenty of fresh or saline water
Dirty water can cause severe infection, so only rinse the burn with clean water
Keep flushing the burn with cool, but not very cold water until the burning sensation starts fading. This could take up to 45 minutes
Remove any jewellery or clothing which has had contact with the acid
Do not apply any cream or ointment as it may slow the treatment procedure by doctors
If possible, wrap the affected area in a sterilised gauze to protect the skin from air, debris, dirt and contamination
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.
Stop Hate UK has seen quite a few new faces join the team recently; from volunteers to helpline operators to employees and trustees – which is great news for the strength of the charity and its collective skills.
Just last week, one of the training sessions featured our new trustee, Brian Culleton, who joined the charity in the middle of 2016 and Brian has kindly put together a very emotive piece as to the reasons why he became involved with Stop Hate UK.
We’re only too happy to share this with you, as an insight into one of our newer trustees viewpoint and the motivations behind the decision to become a trustee of Stop Hate UK.
Over to Brian….
“Hello. I’m Brian Culleton and I’m on the Board of Trustees for Stop Hate UK. I joined the board in June 2016 after meeting with Rose Simkins (Chief Executive of Stop Hate UK) and having a conference call with the Chair of Trustees (Graham Lewis) and another trustee.
My main reason for joining Stop Hate UK was due to the ongoing treatment of transgender people, which prompted me to research some charities to which I could support. As it turned out, the more I read around the subject, I quickly realised that I was more interested in stopping all forms of hate, bias and discrimination towards all people.
After meeting with Rose and speaking with Graham, I was even more enthused and became very keen to join the board, to help ensure that the work of this wonderful charity continues for many more years.
I acknowledge that the very mission statement or aim, I suppose, of every charity, group or support network is actually not to exist. For example; if there were no Hate Crime in the UK, Stop Hate UK’s work would be done…! Isn’t that the ultimate goal of every charity?
Unfortunately, just as we think that we’re making strides in this country, people’s mindsets don’t move in line with legislation. For example, just because equal marriage was introduced, doesn’t mean that homophobia was eradicated.
Similarly, the outcome of the Brexit vote resulted in an upsurge in Hate Crime that was unprecedented. Some people thought it presented them with legitimate excuse to attack (verbally and physically) any non-national.
All colleagues and volunteers involved in Stop Hate UK have become part of this wonderful charity because they feel impassioned about preventing Hate Crime and supporting those affected by it. The work of this charity is of paramount importance and will continue to be needed until society accepts the incredible diversity that we have in this country.
As for my role, and the role of the wider Board of Trustees, we simply have a responsibility for the management of the charity. We have to ensure that the charity’s assets and resources are used only for the purposes of Stop Hate UK. This involves safeguarding all of the charity’s assets such as cash, intellectual property (i.e. marketing material), staff and reputation. We are also responsible for establishing and monitoring all associated policies and employment procedures. This includes the recruitment policy, grievance policy, levels of authority policy, disciplinary policy … the list goes on. Essentially, we, as the Board, are tasked with ensuring that the Stop Hate UK is run in accordance with its constitution, charity law and all governing documents. We need to make sure that the board performance is effective and we support/manage Rose as the Chief Executive.
The Board of Trustees is made up of two elements; the overall Board and also the Finance, Governance and HR sub-group. My role is the Finance Lead and it is my responsibility to make sure that Stop Hate UK keeps proper accounts and to review the financial performance.
It is also my responsibility, along with the Board, to ensure that Stop Hate UK has robust and effective financial controls in place.
I acknowledge that it all sounds very convoluted but we, as a Board, are effectively there to ensure that the charity remains as a going concern (i.e. the charity remains operating for the foreseeable future). All the Stop Hate UK Trustees bring different professional skills, resources, connections and life experiences to ensure that we continue to be as effective a board as possible.
We’re not ethereal beings – we’re very ordinary people who are involved in Stop Hate UK simply for the same reasons that you are – we want to make Hate Crime a thing of the past – and step-by-step we’re supporting and educating people to allow them to see the true beauty and diversity of this incredible country.
From my perspective, I would like to thank all Stop Hate UK employees and volunteers for the work that you do. Without your input and support to make Stop Hate UK so fantastic, our role as Board of Trustees would be redundant and cease to exist. All of you do the hard work and we are well aware of that so a massive, heartfelt and sincere thank you to all of you.”
We’d like to thank Brian for taking the time out to write such an emotive, insightful piece and we look forward to his continued support as a Trustee of Stop Hate UK.
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.”
“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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com