Hate Crime Awareness Week 2014 began on 11th October and Pride in Plymouth volunteers were out and about, in the city centre, spreading the word with leaflets designed to raise awareness around the issue and to promote our informal social at Plymouth Arts Centre from 6.30pm – 8.30pm pm on Wednesday 15th, where we invite you to come along and talk about your experiences of hate crime in the city, or suggest how we can remove some of the barriers that prevent people from reporting and also Plymouth’s annual candle lit vigil, against hate crime, at 7pm on Saturday 18th at the Sundaial in the Plymouth City Centre.
This week is also giving us the opportunity to spread the word about an additional service which Pride in Plymouth can now offer to the LGBT communities of the city in terms of third party reporting of hate crimes and hate incidents.
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender identity. They can be committed against a person or property. A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime.
A homophobic hate crime is “any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation” while a transphobic hate crime is “any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.”
Hate Incidents can feel like crimes to those who suffer them and often escalate to crimes or tension in a community. For this reason the police are concerned about incidents and you can use this site to report non-crime hate incidents. The police can only prosecute when the law is broken but can work with partners to try and prevent any escalation in seriousness.
Hate crimes and incidents hurt; they can be confusing and frightening. By reporting them when they happen to you, you may be able to prevent these incidents from happening to someone else. You will also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in your local area so they can better respond to it. So reporting makes a difference – to you, your friends, and your life and there are several ways you can report a hate crime, whether you have been a victim, a witness, or you are reporting on behalf of someone else:
2. Direct to your local police force, either by telephone or by visiting your local police station. You do not have to give your personal details, but please be aware the investigation and ability to prosecute the offender(s) is severely limited if the police cannot contact you.
4. You can download the police self reporting form from and send this to your local police force.
5. If you do not want to talk, to the Police or Plymouth City Council, or fill in the reporting forms, you can still report a hate crime by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via their website. You do not have to give your name and what you say is confidential. It is free to call. You can provide as little or as much personal information as you wish but please remember that with your details, the incident can be investigated fully and you can get the service you deserve and the support you need while, without your details, the report can only be used for monitoring purposes to get a true vision of what is happening.
Pride in Plymouth – Third Party Reporting
There is also another option, if you do not want to take this step alone Pride in Plymouth is now able to act as third party reporting centre supporting members of the LGBT communities we can report the incident on your behalf and provide you with advice and support during the process. We can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07935 306029 where it may be necessary to leave a message. By either means, we will try to respond to you within 24 hours and defiantly within 48 hours.
It is important to remember that all hate crimes and incidents should be reported, whether you have been a victim, a witness or you are reporting on behalf of someone else. These incidents may include verbal abuse, physical assault, domestic abuse, harassment and damage to property. If a person is bullied as a result of their disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity, this is also dealt with either as a hate crime or non-crime hate incident. Bullying could include name-calling, being spat at or kicked, or having your things taken or damaged.