Suffolk Constabulary is committed to tackling hate crime across our communities. The National Hate Crime Awareness Week taking place 12-19 October is an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of what hate crime is and to encourage victims to come forward #NoHateInSuffolk
Hate crime not only has a harmful effect on its victims by attacking who they are as individuals because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity, but also on their families and communities. It includes online and verbal abuse as well as physical assaults.
Ipswich Borough Council community safety team are hosting a public information stand on the Cornhill in Ipswich on Tuesday 15 October between 8am and 5.30pm. They will be supported by Police Community Engagement officers and staff from Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care. There will be a selfie photo-frame supporting the campaign and we are inviting those interested come along and post selfies on social media #NoHateinSuffolk. It is an opportunity for the public to come and understand more about the prejudice and hostility that some people suffer and what can be done to ensure there is #NoHateinSuffolk.
Suffolk Constabulary is also proud to be hosting the Suffolk Hate Crime Conference on 17 October. This event has been supported by all three Community Safety Partnerships in Suffolk, Suffolk County Council and Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care. The conference will bring together partners from across the Suffolk Hate Crime Network to deepen learning and strategies for responding effectively to the issues involved. Suffolk Pride, the Suffolk Guide Dog Forum, Suffolk Refugee Support, Citizens Advice, Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care, Terence Higgins Trust, Ace Anglia, BSC Multicultural Services and Suffolk Law Centre are among the organisations participating in the event
Neighbourhood and Partnership Inspector Becky Kidd-Stanton said, "Police officers regularly see the devastating impact of hate crime on its victims. It is important that we work closely with our communities to prevent hate crime occurring and all play our part in saying No to Hate In Suffolk. National Hate Crime Awareness week provides the opportunity to work together to promote fairness, tolerance and respect and make it clear that Hate Crime in Suffolk will not be tolerated"
Police Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore said:
"Everyone has a right to live safely in Suffolk without the fear of prejudice or discrimination. It goes without saying that we should all treat each other in a respectful way without prejudice of any kind but if that is not the case, we need to support victims of discrimination and ensure they have the confidence to report.
The Constabulary takes hate crime seriously all year round but I do support this awareness week which gives us the opportunity to highlight the issue and encourage victims to report hate crime. We work with partners to support victims who, for whatever reason, decide not to go to the police and I would urge anyone affected by hate crime to seek support.”
Tracey Woolf, Engagement Lead, Norfolk & Suffolk Victim Care said:
"Hate crime and hate incidents can have a significant impact on victims’ lives. They can make individuals feel isolated and excluded.
If you have been a victim of or witness to a hate crime and are in need of support, please contact Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care, who offer advice and support to help you cope and recover from the impact of crime. It doesn’t matter how long ago the crime happened or if it has been reported.”
Suffolk County Councillor and cabinet member Paul West, Cabinet Member said:
"National Hate Crime Awareness week is a reminder of our shared responsibility to embrace understanding and inclusivity. It’s also a good opportunity to educate those who perpetrate hate crime, in the hope that one day nobody will fear being a victim of persecution just because of who they are. I’m pleased to work closely with our communities and partners to celebrate diversity, and to support the victims of hate crime and its long-lasting harmful effects."
Chair of the East Suffolk Council Community Safety Partnership Cllr Mark Jepson said:
“Hate crime can be experienced in so many ways and affects both the victims and their families. There is no place for hate in East Suffolk and we are committed to keeping our communities safe for people of all backgrounds, supporting those affected by hate crime and working closely with the police to ensure that those who commit these offences are brought to justice.”
Councillor Alasdair Ross, portfolio-holder for Community Protection, at Ipswich Borough Council said:
"We are determined to reach out to as many people as we can to say simply: hate crime is not acceptable and will never be tolerated. I urge everyone to play a part, however small, to rooting out this abhorrent crime. There is no place for it in a civilised society.”
Hate Crime can be reported directly to police online www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something/report-crime or anonymously via True Vision.
If you prefer to speak to someone, please dial 101, where someone will be able to help you.
Always dial 999 when life is threatened or people are injured, or if there is a crime in progress or an immediate police response is necessary.
If you have been a victim of or witness to a hate crime and are in need of support, please contact Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care, who offer advice and support to help you cope and recover from the impact of crime. It doesn’t matter how long ago the crime happened or if it has been reported.
Phone: 0300 303 3706 web: www.nsvictimcare.org FB/Twitter @nsvictimcare
For more information on the National Hate Crime Awareness week please visit https://nationalhcaw.uk
For further crime prevention advice do visit www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z