Number of people seeking help for hate crimes more than doubles

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There’s been an increase in the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people reporting hate crimes across England and Wales in recent months, according to the National LGBT Hate Crime Partnership.

In the last three months, Galop, an LGBT anti-violence organisation, says the number of people getting in touch has doubled with more than 100 service users contacting them in this period. Other LGBT groups across the country have also reported large increases in those reporting experiences of hate crimes.

The news comes as the Partnership launches the second phase of its campaign during the national Hate Crime Awareness Week (10-17 October). The campaign, funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, aims to raise awareness of the LGBT hate crime and encourage people to ‘Talk, Report and Get Support’.

The increase has been welcomed by charity leaders as a sign that people are increasingly willing to come forward.

The Partnership is a network of 34 organisations across the country that work to empower LGBT people to stand up against hate crime through education and training as well as establishing local partnerships. It is also carrying out over 400 anti-hate crime training sessions, forming 230 inter-agency cooperative relationships to tackle hate crime and creating over 30 information resources.

Nik Noone, Chief Executive of Galop, a specialist LGBT anti-violence charity put the increase into context saying:

“We’ve seen the number of people getting in touch with our hate crime advocacy service more than double in recent months. Though one person facing hate crime is one too many, we see this rise in people getting in touch as a cause for optimism and are proud of our part in helping empower people to speak up about their experiences and access assistance.”

Paul Roberts, Chief Executive of the LGBT Consortium, confirms the trend:

“From what our members are telling us, it seems that this picture is being mirrored across other parts of the UK. The message is getting out that LGBT people don’t have to put up with being targeted.  We know, however, that service provision is patchy across the UK and so not everyone can access the help they need, particularly in rural communities.”

“It’s important that these crimes are reported so that the police have a clear picture and can tackle the issue.  There are a number of ways in which people can do that anonymously, if they don’t feel able to approach the police directly, for whatever reason.”

Evelyn Asante–Mensah, Equality and Human Rights Commissioner, said:

“We know that there are thousands of unreported hate crimes committed against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity every year. Whilst it is encouraging to hear more people are coming forward for help, all LGBT people experiencing hate crime should feel empowered to report it.”

Mark Healey – Founder 17-24-30/National Hate Crime Awareness Week, said:

“I am pleased to see a significant rise in the number of people reporting the hate crime that they are experiencing. It is essential that we signpost these people to the advice and support they need to deal with what they have experienced. We also need to ensure we keep hate crime on the social and political agenda so that organisations like Galop and the Metro Charity have the funding and resources they need to carry out their important work.”


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Letter of support from First Minister of Wales for #NHCAW

Dear Mark,

I am writing to add my support to this year’s Hate Crime Awareness Week.

The Welsh Government is committed to taking steps to ensure we can live in a country where hostility and prejudice are not tolerated. Hate crimes and hate incidents can have a devastating impact upon the lives of victims and the communities in which they live. We have a Hate Crime Framework for Action which has an annual delivery plan and we see this as vital in our aim to raise awareness of hate crime.

We will continue to work with our partners and our communities to increase this awareness and encourage victims to come forward and report. My message for Hate Crime Awareness Week is for all communities to have the confidence to report. We have developed enhanced support in Wales through our National Hate Crime Report and Support Centre.

It is important that we all collectively take responsibility to encourage people in our communities to come forward. There is certainly a big leadership role for us all and Hate Crime Awareness Week is such an important time. It can help us all consider how prejudice and hostility can be challenged within our own communities. People should not stand by and consider hostility and prejudice as inevitable.

In Wales, to maximise the effectiveness of Hate Crime Awareness Week, we have provided funding to each of our four Police Crime Commissioners to hold numerous events across the week. The aim is not only to raise awareness of hate crime in their regions, but to encourage people to report. All four Police Forces have agreed an overarching campaign on reporting hate crime during the week through a ‘Make Hate History’ Campaign, which will be promoted through social media. The Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty is hosting a ‘National Conference on Hate Crime and Bullying in the Age of Social Media’, the aim of which is to explore barriers and solutions with partners across Wales. We all need to play our part and I want to encourage anyone who is a victim of a hate crime to report it. Together we can tackle hate crime.

Yours sincerely

Carwyn Jones

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Letters of Support – Mayor of London Boris Johnson

Letter of support for #NHCAW received from the Mayor of London

Letter of support from Boris Johnson Mayor of London

Letter of support from Boris Johnson Mayor of London

Dear Mr Healey,

I would like once again to pay tribute to the work of of the “17-24-30 – No To Hate Crime Campaign” and Stop Hate UK for their efforts in facilitating and promoting National Hate Crime Awareness Week. I would also like to add my congratulations to  the many you will have received for your Points of Light Award from the Prime Minister earlier this year. for your many years of work in this area.

National Hate Crime Awareness Week helps make people aware of the harm and fear that hate crime can cause, not just to individual victims but to whole communities. However, it also demonstrates that communities are working in partnership to combat hate crime and support those who have been targeted.

As I have said previously, London is a city that thrives on its diversity and I am determined that we must continue to strive to root out hate crime and ensure that everyone, regardless of their background or identity, feels safe in our capital city. I am delighted that we have been able to assist, through the Hate Crime Reduction Strategy for London and its key actions, in making this year’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week the most widely known yet.

I understand that my Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Stephen Greenhalgh, conveyed my best wishes when he joined you for the launch ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday.

Yours sincerely

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

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Maz Saleem lights National Candle of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by hate crime

Maz Saleem lighting the National Candle of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by hate crime.

Maz Saleem lighting the National Candle of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by hate crime.

On Saturday 10th October Maz Saleem lit the National Candle of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by hate crime in memory of her father Mohammed Saleem who was knifed to death in an Islamaphobic hate crime attack.

The candle will remain burning in St Paul’s Cathedral for the duration of National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW which takes place between the second and third Saturday of October each year. This year the week takes place between the 10th-17th October.

Now in it’s fourth year, the week organised by 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime Campaign in partnership with Stop Hate UK. The week aims to encourage local authorities (Police and Councils) to work with communities affected by hate crime.

The week aims to make it clear that there is no place for hate in our communities using the hash tags #WeStandTogether, #NoPlaceForHate and #SafePlaceForAll.

Maz Saleem centre, at the Launch of National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW

Maz Saleem centre, at the Launch of National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW

Previously the National Candle has been lit by Peggy and Carolyn Moore (Mother and sister of Nik Moore killed during the Admiral Duncan nail bomb attack), Jen Baynham (Sister of Ian Baynham who died after a homophobic attack in Trafalgar Square) and Sylvia Lancaster (Mother of Sophie Lancaster who died after a gang of youths attacked her and her boyfriend for being Goths).

#WeStandTogether Carolyn Moore, Jen Baynham and Maz Saleem #NoPlaceForHate #SafePlaceForAll

#WeStandTogether Carolyn Moore, Jen Baynham and Maz Saleem – lighters of National Candle of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by hate crime #NoPlaceForHate #SafePlaceForAll

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Letters of support for National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2015 #NHCAW

National Hate Crime Awareness Week logo

National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW logo

National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW is organised by Mark Healey, founder of the 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign in partnership with Stop Hate UK.

Each year we aim to raise the profile of hate crime on the social and political agenda and encourage local authorities (Police and Council) to work with local communities affected by hate crime.

We support the three core aims of the Government’s Hate Crime Strategy – Challenge it, Report it, Stop it (Launched March 2012 updated May 2014);

  • To prevent hate crime.
  • To encourage reporting and increase victim access to support.
  • To improve the operational response to hate crime.

We signpost and support the work being done by many people and organisations around the UK and abroad.

This year, we have set up a National Hate Crime Awareness Google map showing events taking place – you can view the map here. So far over 200 events have been registered around the UK.

Download the  17-24-30 Tri-fold Leaflet 2015 for more information.

Letter of support from the Prime Minister David Cameron, Leader of the Conservative Party

Hate Crime Awareness week is an important reminder of the need to continually confront hate crime and take every opportunity to celebrate diversity in Great Britain.

It is also a chance to remember those who have been a victim of these despicable crimes and champion people who make it their duty to challenge intolerance and hatred.

Crime in all its forms is wrong, but to persecute people purely because of their background, gender, creed, sexual orientation or physical and mental ability is utterly abhorrent. From 2013-2014, there were more than 44,000 hate crimes recorded by the police – an increase of five per cent.  This is unacceptable in a 21st century Britain.

For too long, we’ve been so frightened of causing offence that we haven’t looked hard enough at what is going on in our communities. In too many cases there has been a passive tolerance in Britain of behaviour which fuels division and tensions in our communities.

So let me be clear: no more passive tolerance in Britain. We all have a responsibility to stop this hatred: whether it is as simple as challenging the attitudes and behaviour that foster such prejudice at a young age or backing communities so they feel they have the tools to speak out against hatred.

The government has a crucial role to play in this too, which is why we have one of the strongest legislative frameworks in the world to continue to protect communities from hostility, violence and bigotry. 

So we will continue to support communities and charities like Stop Hate UK and 17-24-30 so that victims are heard, perpetrators face justice and communities are protected.

Over generations, we have built something extraordinary in Britain – a successful multi-racial, multi-faith democracy. Our diversity makes us stronger and my one-nation government will go on working hard to end discrimination and finish the fight for real equality in our country today.

PM David Cameron, Leader of the Conservative Party

Letter of support from MP Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party.

Message of support for Hate Crime Awareness Week

I want to pass on my support for this year’s hate crime awareness week.

Standing up against all forms of hate crime; Disability, Faith, Gender Identity, Race, Sexual Orientation and other emerging hate crimes, has always been core to my values. It is vital that we tackle all forms of prejudice wherever and in however they appear.

This year’s focus on raising awareness of Islamaphobic hate crime is particularly salient in light of the appalling murder of Mohammed Saleem as he made his way home from evening prayers last year. Despite all the progress we have made on equality issues Islamaphobia continues to be a daily challenge for too many in our communities. In order to truly be a society that accepts no barriers to talent and contribution we must challenge the often unpleasant and narrative that emerges too often amongst commentary on the Muslim community.

It is vital that we encourage all of those subjected to hate crimes to report their experiences, in order to both hold those who commit such pernicious actions to account, but also to empower those affected and demonstrate the confidence that we as society will not tolerate the actions of those who seek to divide us. I am particularly pleased that the work of Tell MAMA is being widely promoted throughout this week. I encourage all those subjected to Anti Muslim hate crime to share their experiences.

The work of hate crimes awareness week in bringing together so many community and faith events across the country is an vital example of demonstrating that this country expects better. It is particularly encouraging that the number of activities held throughout the week continues to grow and I would like to pass on my best wishes to all of those involved in making the week a success.

We must never cease in our battle to make Britain and kinder and fairer place. I urge you all to remember those who have suffered or are suffering today and join our tireless battle for change.

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party

Letter of support from Tim Farron MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

I’m proud to add my support to ‘No to Hate Crime Awareness Week’ and the work of all the organisations who have come together to build better and safer communities.

No-one in our society should be threatened, targeted, attacked or abused for being who they are.

It is the duty of community leaders, elected officials like me, and those in a position of public power and influence to lead the way. 

Britain celebrates diversity and individuality, and I believe we should all work together to build a society where everyone can live freely and safely, regardless of race, religion, sex, sexuality, nationality, age or disability.

For too long hate crimes were left to go unchallenged, with prejudice lurking on our streets, in our schools and in the work place. Weeks like this help us all remember the past, and also recognise how far we have come. Thankfully, it is through the vital work of organisations like yours that we are starting to turn the dial on public awareness. But more must be done. As the latest figures prove, hate crimes remain on the rise. We may feel that society is more likely to challenge prejudice, but it’s as prevalent as ever and now is not a time to be complacent.

There are thousands of people across the country, and many young people, who still face abuse and threats. It is our duty to pave a way to a better future. We will not tolerate hate crime, we will speak out against intolerance and ignorance, and we will prosecute abuse.

The Liberal Democrat constitution begins with a commitment to building and safeguarding a fair, free and open society. We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of every individual, and we reject all prejudice and discrimination.

I wish all of those involved in #NHCAW great success with the week, and with your future campaigns. You all make a great difference to people’s lives, day in, day out, and for future generations. You have my party’s full support.

Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

Letter of support Karen Bradley MP Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation

National Hate Crime Awareness Week

All crime is wrong, but crime that is motivated by hostility or hatred towards the victim is particularly corrosive. It can have devastating consequences for victims and their families, and can also divide communities.

This is why I welcome Hate Crime Awareness Week 2015. It will be a great opportunity to show how we can work together to tackle hate crime.

As the Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation, I have had the privilege of meeting representatives from a wide range of groups who work to tackle hate crime. I cannot overstate how much they do to challenge the attitudes that foster hatred and support victims. Whether it is the Community Security Trust offering security, protection and reassurance to the Jewish community, Tell MAMA helping victims of anti-Muslim hate crime through the justice system, or GALOP offering care to LGBT victims of hate crime, all of our stakeholders play a vital role in the fight against hatred.

Getting the response to hate crime right depends on local partnerships and collaboration. I congratulate all local areas who have organised events this Hate Crime Awareness week to promote local services and initiatives and urge them to continue the excellent work they are doing.

However, we know that there is still much to do. We know that more antisemitic hate crimes were reported to the Community Security Trust in 2014 than in any other year since it began collecting data in 1984, and this trend has continued into 2015. We know that the Metropolitan Police Service recorded more anti-Muslim hate crime in the year we saw isolated incidents in Paris and Tunisia and ongoing instability in Syria and Iraq. We know that there are people here in the UK who seek opportunities to divide communities and cause harm to those who they perceive as different.

This is why tackling hate crime is one of my priorities as a minister. Hate Crime Awareness Week is an ideal opportunity to reflect on the journey that has brought us to this point and consider how we continue our progress in the fight against hate crime. We should not forget the victims in this fight.

We need your help too, because without your reports, we do not know where incidents are happening, or the true scale of the problem. Please come forward and report any incidents to the police, either directly or through True Vision at

Karen Bradley MP

Letter of support from Baroness Jones of Mulsecoomb and Darren Johnson Assembly Members Greater London Authority, Green Party

Letter already published here.

Letter of support from Cannon Mark Oakley, Chancellor St Paul’s Cathedral

letter already published here.

We hope more letters of support will be received and published during the week, if you would like to send us a letter of support please email info

Here are links to previous letters of support received in 2014, 2013 and 2012.

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National Police Autism Association NPAA launched to coincide with #NHCAW

National Police Autism Association NPAA Logo

National Police Autism Association NPAA Logo

“New police support group reveals a surprising fact: there are police officers on the autism spectrum”

A new police support group aims to support UK officers and staff affected by autism spectrum condition (ASC), Asperger syndrome and related conditions including dyslexia, and to raise the profiles of autism within the police service and disability hate crime.

The National Autism Police Association (NPAA) was founded in August 2015 by a Hampshire Constabulary front line officer, and was launched on the 10th October. It supports police employees affected personally by ASC or as carers for family members. Uniquely among police support groups, it is online‐only – officers and staff are able to register on a private web forum, where they can share experiences and information and ask questions in confidence. The forum is also open to criminal justice system staff and support professionals from organisations such as the National Autistic Society.

The fact that there are police officers with Asperger syndrome (a mild form of high‐functioning autism) may come as a surprise to the public. The NPAA maintains that people with these conditions are found in all walks of life including the police service, and can be highly intelligent and creative individuals.

The NPAA also encourages discussion around best practices for working with members of public affected by autism. This comes at a time when police forces have been accused of mistreating children and adults with autism, leading to complaints and compensation payouts.

The NPAA is supported by the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the National Autistic Society. The Association maintains a website,, and regularly tweets from “Police Autism UK” @npaa_uk.

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Letter of support Canon Mark Oakley

The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley, Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral has written a letter of support supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW

Letter of support Mark Oakley

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