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Hate Crime support

13th June 2015

The purpose of the Hate Crime Awareness Week is to tackle Hate Crime issues by raising awareness of what Hate Crime is and how to respond to it, encourage reporting, and promote local support services and resources. Hate crime is harassing, victimising, intimidating or abusing someone because of their race, faith, religion, disability or because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered and we want to encourage residents to work in partnership with Three Rivers District Council to help stamp out hate crime.

If you or someone you know been a victim of a hate crime or hate incident, then you can report it to True Vision, using www.report-it.org.uk. Hate crime in any form is wrong. That is why it is important that if hate crime happens to you or someone you know, that you report it. The True Vision scheme will also help the police to better understand the level of hate crime in your local area, and improve the way they respond to it

Reporting makes a difference – to you, your friends, and your community. By reporting hate crime when it happens, you can help stop it happening to someone else.

Help for those who suffer from hate crime

- LGTB* community - A partnership of Hertfordshire based organisations has produced an information guide for the county’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* community and those questioning their identity (LGBT*Q), with Three Rivers District Council co-sponsoring the production of the LGBT*Q Guide for Hertfordshire. www.threerivers.gov.uk. A Herts Pride event will be held in Cassiobury Park, Watford on Saturday 22 August 2015.

- The Three Rivers Community Safety Partnership "Tackling Hate Crime" campaign, includes poster campaigning against hate crime against the LGBT* community. www.threerivers.gov.uk/egcl-page/hate-crime

Support is available for the LGBT*Q community through www.stonewall.org.uk. An additional support group for the Transgender community is the Beaumont Society, accessible through www.beaumontsociety.org.uk.

- Muslim Community – Tell MAMA is a national project that monitors anti Muslim attacks and can provide support to victims of Islamophobia. www.tellmamauk.org

- Jewish Community – Community Security Trust is a charity that aims to protect British Jews from anti-Semitic threats. They have a team that provide support specifically for hate crime. www.cst.org.uk

- Polish Community – A monthly drop in one-stop shop takes place at Holyrood Catholic Church and part of the service offered is support for victims of Hate Crime. 

- Disability Watford is a Watford and Three Rivers based information and support group for people with disability. This can be accessed via www.disabilitywatford.org.uk