One of the barriers to identifying the risk of hate crime is the fact that this crime remains substantially under-reported.
The Commissioner is keen to encourage people to report their crimes, secure in the knowledge that they will be treated appropriately. The Commissioner has ensured the creation of a new Hate Crime Manager post within Nottinghamshire Police, a new Hate Crime Officer post at the City Council and the adoption of a multi-agency No Place for Hate Pledge.
Emphasising the importance placed on Hate Crime the Commissioner has worked with the Safer Nottinghamshire Board to establish a Hate Crime Steering Group to allow us to develop an action plan to enhance the response to victims of hate crime.
In addition, Nottinghamshire Victim CARE has been specifically designed to provide better support to victims of hate crime to help them cope and recover. Support is available to all victims of hate crime, regardless of whether or not they have reported the crime to the police.
The Commissioner believes that Hate Crime is unacceptable and we need to expose those who are driven by hate and ignorance. To do this we must ensure survivors are given the courage to seek help and justice.
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:
- race or ethnicity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
- transgender identity
Hate Crime can be committed against a person or property. Anyone who bullies, threatens or attacks you because of who you are is committing Hate Crime.
Hate Crime includes:
- Physical attacks on the victim or their family or carer, damage to their property or pets, offensive graffiti and arson.
- Threat or attack such as offensive letters, abusive or obscene phone calls, behaviour intended to scare the victim or making malicious complaints.
- Verbal abuse or insults in offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, rubbish dumped outside the victim’s home or through their letter box, or bullying at school or at work.
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