Disability group help to raise awareness of hate crime
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has been working in partnership with local disability friendship group My Mates about their understanding and experiences of hate crime.
The group took part in a workshop with the OPCC, Gwent Police and Mencap Cymru to discuss the impact hate crime has had on their lives. They also provided feedback on Easy Read materials which are being created to help people with disabilities better understand how to report an incident and seek support.
The session took part during National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert said: “Hate crime of any kind will not be tolerated in Gwent. It can be a one-off incident or part of an ongoing campaign of harassment or intimidation. It is a horrible, complex offence and can leave victims dealing with physical and emotional damage for many years.
“Helping all communities understand the importance of reporting hate crime is vital. Creating materials in an accessible, Easy Read format will provide vulnerable individuals with information to help them recognise the signs of hate crime and where to seek help if they become a victim.”
A hate crime is any crime which the victim, or anyone else, thinks is based on someone’s prejudice towards them because of their:
- Religion or faith.
- Sexual orientation.
- Gender orientation.
It could be:
- Verbal or physical abuse.
- Threatening behaviour.
- Online abuse.
- Damage to property.
It is extremely important that incidents of hate crime are reported and recorded by the police.
In an emergency always call 999.
If it is not an emergency you can report hate crime by:
- Calling 101
- Messaging @gwentpolice on Twitter.
- Messaging Gwent Police on Facebook www.Facebook.com/GwentPolice
- Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have been affected by hate crime you can access dedicated help and support through the Connect Gwent victims’ hub.
- Call: 0300 302 3670