Community groups, councils, the police and other public and voluntary sector groups will gather at Nottingham Trent University on Monday for a major countywide conference on hate crime.
The Safer Nottinghamshire Board event will identify current best practice in tackling hate crime, set future strategy and outline ways in which improvements can be made to the experience of victims.
Speakers at the workshop will include a mixture of experts and practitioners, including Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, Safer Nottinghamshire Board’s Hate Crime Champion, Ruth Hyde and representatives from Nottingham Citizens.
Topics to be covered include:
- Overcoming barriers to report hate crime
- The role of agencies, voluntary, community sector and frontline staff in reporting hate crime
- Preventing offending; identifying and understanding hate crime
- Improving governance and victim representation
The conference will look at hate crime from a victims’ perspective through the use of case studies from people from a variety of backgrounds, including LGBT, gypsy, faith and BME groups.
Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said: “Hate crime, in its many forms, can cause deep distress and fear. This is a disgusting crime that really impacts on people’s lives and is usually driven by hostility, prejudice or hatred. It is the responsibility of all of us not only to support and encourage people to report it, but also to challenge this poor behaviour.
“Together we need to tackle the root causes, raise awareness and provide reassurance to victims that they should not simply ‘put up with it’. We know that there is significant under-reporting of Hate Crime incidents, and we urge victims not suffer in silence but to give the police the opportunity to put a stop to it.”
Hate Crime can take many forms but it's most commonly the result of racism, homophobia, transphobia or because of disability, religion or belief.
Over 100 delegates are set to attend the event.
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Posted on Monday 15th December 2014