What is Hate Crime/a hate Incident?
A Hate Crime – is any criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate towards their race, religion, gender identity, disability or sexual orientation.
A Hate Incident - is one which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate towards their race, religion, gender identity, disability or sexual orientation.
A hate crime or hate incident can include:
Disputes with your neighbours.
People swearing at you or making abusive remarks.
People doing things that frighten, intimidate or distress you.
Bullying at school, college or place of work.
Spitting or making insulting gestures.
We will treat all victims of hate crimes and hate incidents in a professional and sensitive manner. It is important that we receive reports of hate crimes and incidents as they not only affect the individual victim, but also impact on entire communities.
How to report a Hate crime or Incident
You can report Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents in several ways:
- Directly to the Police; in an emergency call 999 or call 101 (Hertfordshire Constabulary's non-emergency number)
- Hate Crime Reporting Centres - some agencies within Three Rivers are now Reporting Centre’s, meaning you can report Hate Crimes/Incidents directly with them instead of going to the Police.
- Three Rivers District Council by calling 01923 776611.
- Otley Way Family Centre: 0208 428 5434
- Citizens Advice Bureau - 0344 245 1296
- Online – through the national website for Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents True Vision at report-it.org.uk.
Download the above support poster here.
Hate Crime Campaign - what can you do to help?
Show your support to tackling Hate Crime by downloading and displaying the posters produced by Three Rivers Community Safety Partnership in your workplace and community.
- Tackling Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crime - All Posters (pdf)
- Tackling Racial Hate Crime -PDF's (pdf)
- Tackling Disability Hate Crime- pdf.1 (pdf) pdf.2 (pdf) pdf.3 (pdf) pdf.4 (pdf) pdf.5 (pdf)
This film by Spectra tells their story, journey, history and timeline of services and what Spectra perceive the future challenges are and a chance to educate and inform on issues faced by the Trans community.
The key message was to show that within our diverse identities, everyone is valid, equal, no one is better than anyone else, that there is help and support.
Working with Director James Webber of The Springhead Film Company Spectra created a film treatment to create a visual showcase to promote the work of their free counselling and social group activity for people who identify as trans, non-binary and gender-questioning.
Watch the film below:
Where can get support?
- Beaumont Society offer support to the Trans* community
- Galop offer support for the LGBT*Q+ community
- Disability Watford is a Watford and Three Rivers based information and support group for people with disability
- Community Security Trust (CST) is a charity that aims to protect British Jews from anti-Semitic threats
- Tell MAMA is a national project that monitors anti Muslim attacks and can provide support to victims of Islamophobic hate crime.
- Eastern European Resource Centre supports Eastern European communities including those who require support following hate crime
- Karma Nirvana support victims of honour based abused and forced marriages
- Three Rivers Community Support Service provides advice, information and holistic support to people where hate crime has impacted their mental health
- Beacon is Hertfordshire's is a care centre for victims
- Gate Herts is a support service and hate crime centre for members of the travelling community
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