This week is National Hate Crime Awareness Week, a time to shine a light on hate crime, encourage victims to report and to deter perpetrators.
Partners across the region including the local authorities, North Wales Police and Victim Support, are working together to highlight the issues of hate crime and promote reporting to the Police and Victim Support.
A hate crime is any crime that is targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards them. These can be motivated by a person’s disability, their race or ethnicity, their religion or belief, their sexual orientation or their transgender The crime may manifest itself in a number of ways including verbal abuse, offensive graffiti, threats, damage to property, assault, cyber bullying, abusive texts, emails or phone calls.
Wrexham Councillor Hugh Jones, Deputy Leader of Wrexham Council and Chair of the North Wales Safer Communities Board said “Hate Crime is wrong. It destroys lives and isolates vulnerable individuals and communities. We know it is happening but it remains significantly under reported. We want all Hate Crimes and Incidents to be reported so that perpetrators are brought to justice, victims are supported and so that we can use information to identify trouble spots and prevent the problem getting worse. I am pleased that Welsh Government continues to raise the profile of this very important issue and I am confident that through partnership working we can make a real difference.”
If you or someone you know is a victim of hate crime there are a number of ways to report it:
- Call the Police directly by dialling 999 if you are in immediate danger, or 101 for non-emergencies or complete the North Wales Police on line reporting form which can be found here https://www.north-wales.police.uk/advice-and-support/stay-safe/hate-crime
- Telephone: 0300 30 31 982 [Free, 24/7] to contact Victim Support directly. Calls are treated confidentially and you have the option to remain anonymous.
- You can also report online at www.reporthate.victimsupport.org.uk
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