17-24-30 National Hate Crime Awareness Week (1184819) is appealing for letters of support for National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020.
We have written to leaders across the social and political spectrum to seek their support for the national week – asking them for a statement of support and a photo that we can share on this page, on this year’s National Google Map 2020 and across our social media profiles.
Statements should be sent with a jpeg photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
The aim of the national week is simple – to encourage local authorities (police and councils), key partners and communities affected by hate crime to work together to tackle hate and prejudice in their areas.
In 2012 79 Councils took part in the national week, in 2019 over 300 Councils took part. This is amazing for any national campaign and we need your support to keep this going.
Please use the hashtag #NationalHCAW to promote the national week.
In 2019 the National Candle was lit in memory of Johnny Delaney, a member of the Roma Gypsy Traveller community who was a victim of hate crime. You can view the archive of past #NationalHCAW years here.
This year we lit the National Candle of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by hate crime in memory of the 18 disabled people featured in the first 2008 Getting Away With Murder report – one of the first reports to tackle the issue of disability hate crime in the UK. The candle was lit by Cheryl and Tam (two disability hate crime advocates) and will remain on display at St Paul’s Cathedral for the duration of the week.
“Albert Adams, Raymond Atherton, Kevin Davies, Christopher Foulkes, Steven Gale, Colin Greenwood, Frankie Hardwick, Shaowei He, Barrie-John Horrell, Steven Hoskin, Rikki Judkins, Christine Lakinski, Brent Martin, Sean Miles, Laura Milne, Keith Philpott, Fiona Pilkington and William Ripsher”.
A video of the lighting of the national candle is available on St Paul’s Cathedral’s YouTube Channel here.
Whilst the aim of the week remains to address all forms of hate crime; alternative subcultures, faith, gender identity, race and sexuality. We hope this year there will be a greater focus on Disability Hate Crime.
We highlight Tracey Lazard‘s letter of support from Inclusion London as they launch the follow up report “Still Getting Away with Murder“.
Tracey Lazard, CEO at Inclusion London welcomes the focus on Disability Hate Crime this year.
“Hate Crime against Disabled people has no place in the society we want to live in. Too often the experiences of Disabled people when being harassed, bullied or abused are not prosecuted as Hate Crimes despite evidence that they have been targeted because of who they are. Instead they are seen as vulnerable or an easy target. Anyone can be put in a vulnerable situation so when Disabled people are seen as inherently vulnerable, this alters the way they are perceived and treated. Case reviews into serious crimes and adult safeguarding, involving violent assault sometimes even murder, far too often show a total lack of recognition that the Disabled person was being targeted because of hostility towards them and their impairment or condition. This means that a Disabled person is referred to services that themselves are not equipped to recognise the patterns of abuse for what they are.
Lessons need to be learned so no Disabled person has to suffer alone. This is why Inclusion London set up the London Deaf & Disabled People’s Organisation London Hate Crime Partnership in 2018 putting Disabled people at the heart of the solution for combatting Hate Crime. During COVID, we have seen a rise in people, including children, being targeted just because they are Disabled. We want to see parity in Hate Crime legislation and more support for Disabled people to run their own services and to receive the support they need to recognise, report and most importantly recover from Hate Crime. We support this year’s annual National Hate Crime Awareness Week and very much welcome the focus on Disability Hate Crime.”
Prime Minister (Conservative Party)
- Pending response
Leader of the Opposition (Labour Party)
- Pending response
Ed Davey MP – Liberal Democrats Leader
“Far too many people’s lives are blighted by discrimination, hatred and abuse.
It is unacceptable that, in the 21st century, people are victimised because they are black, female, Jewish, Muslim, gay, disabled, transgender or anything else. The increasing hostility we have seen towards women and minority groups, especially online, must be countered.
It is vital that, even in these difficult and unprecedented times, we remember those affected by hate crime and rededicate ourselves to combatting hatred – wherever it occurs and whatever form it takes.
All of us with the privilege of a public platform have a responsibility to condemn irresponsible and divisive rhetoric that fuels hatred.
We must work together to build a society where we celebrate diversity and where everyone feels safe and secure, able to be who they are and live the life they choose.”
Leader of the Green Party
- Pending response
First Mininster for Northern Ireland
- Pending response
Nicola Sturgeon MSP First Mininster for Scotland
Although the pandemic has limited events during this National Hate Crime Awareness Week, it is still important that we take this opportunity to raise awareness of hate crime and play our part to build the inclusive and tolerant society that we all wish to live in.
Understandably, Covid-19 has heightened feelings of fear and uncertainty for us all. Regretfully, some communities have also witnessed an increase in hateful behaviour towards them over the past months. We are not complacent and we recognised that many incidents are not reported.
The Scottish Government is committed to tackling hate crime and prejudice. We recognise the impact that this has on individuals and their families, and on the wider community. In June 2017, we established with key stateholders an Action Group, chaired by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, to take forward an ambitious programme of work to tackle hate crime and build community cohesion.
One of the key priorities indentified by the group is on victim support, through raising awareness of hate crime and encouraging reporting.
On that front, and to coincide with Hate Crime Awareness Week, the Scottish Government has, in partnership with Police Scotland, launched an awareness campaign that urges victims and witnesses of hate crime to report it, with information on how too do this during the pandemic.
We have also brought forward the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill which makes it clear to victims, perpetrators, communities and wider society that criminal offences motivated by prejudice are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
Hate Crime Awareness Week is a time for us to stand together, united against all hatred, prejudice and discrimination, to say that ‘hate has no home here’, and also to remember those who have sadly been affected by hate crime and intolerance.”
First Minister for Wales
- Pending response
Baroness Williams – Minister for Counter Extremism
“All forms of hate crime are completely unacceptable.
The Government takes hate crime very seriously, and is considering a range of options to tackle hate crime beyond the current Hate Crime Action Plan. We have also provided £3.2 million in funding to improve security at places of worship at risk from hate crime attacks for 20-21.
We have asked the Law Commission to conduct a wide-ranging review into hate crime to explore how to make current legislation more effective, and if there should be additional protective characteristics. The Commission published their consultation in September, and we strongly encourage interested parties to submit their views on the proposed reforms.
Hate Crime Awareness Week helps to highlight the amazing commitment of many organisations across the country who are working tirelessly to tackle these abhorrent crimes. The Government is proud to support it.”
- Pending response
Minister of Housing, Communities and Local Government
- Pending response
Mininster for Women and Equalities
- Pending response
Minister for Disabled People
- Pending response
Minister for Crime and Policing
- Pending response
Crown Prosecution Service
Max Hill QC. Director of Public Prosecutions
“Our role is to prosecute cases fairly, without bias, and work to deliver justice in every case. All crime has a terrible impact but hate crimes can have a particularly insidious effect on victims and communities. Nobody should be targeted because of who they are. Our hate crime conviction rate is at its highest level, which is of course a positive outcome – but it’s not our only measure of how effectively we are prosecuting these crimes. We will keep asking the courts to impose the appropriate increase in sentences on offenders to mark the element of hate in their offending and continue to work with our partners to improve how we tackle this important area of our work.”
Baljit Ubhey, Director of Strategy and Policy Directorate
“For the CPS, every week is Hate Crime Awareness Week. All 14 CPS Areas support our inclusion and community engagement strategy. Community engagement is based on the premise that dialogue between people, transparency of information and increasing visibility of the service improves public confidence. Whether through Local Scrutiny and Involvement Panels; Community Conversations with senior leaders; National Scrutiny Panels or the Hate Crime External Consultative Group, we remain committed to improving understanding of our decision-making and positively influencing stakeholder perceptions of the CPS.”
Chris Long, East of England Chief Crown Prosecutor and Hate Crime Lead
“In 2019/20, the CPS achieved its highest hate crime conviction rate at 85.3%. We also achieved an increase in the number of cases where a tougher sentence is imposed due to the hate element of a case – a trend we work towards year on year by continuing to ask the court to hand down these ‘sentence uplifts’. There are two broad factors contributing to the increase in convictions and sentence uplifts. One is high quality training we provide for our prosecutors and a quality assurance scheme focused on live decision-making. The second is the role of community stakeholders involved in the development of training programmes and in policy development – so thank you to all our prosecutors and partners for helping us to improve the outcomes for victims in these devastating crimes.”
Chief Crown Prosecutor Jaswant Narwal, CPS Thames and Chiltern
It’s not okay to be targeted for who you are. CPS Thames and Chiltern will work with the police to prosecute offenders who are motivated to commit crimes through hatred or prejudice towards someone because of their disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity.
Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor Olivia Pearson, CPS Thames and Chiltern
When we take hate crime cases to court, we apply for higher sentences to take account of the hostility shown by offenders towards their victims. Last year 77.4 per cent of convicted cases that were prosecuted by the CPS nationally received an uplifted sentence.
District Crown Prosecutor Ben Warne, CPS Thames and Chiltern
We encourage anyone who believes they have been a victim of hate crime to report it to the police. These crimes can have such a devastating impact for victims – physically and emotionally, and we will robustly prosecute where we have the evidence to do so.
Members of Parliament
Members of the House of Lords
Mayor of London
Sadiq Khan Mayor of London
“Racist abuse and hate crime have absolutely no place in our capital and I fully support Hate Crime Awareness Week which aims to bring people together in solidarity against hate crime in all its forms.
I am concerned by the rise in attacks against Londoners of all backgrounds and have been clear that the police must take a zero-tolerance approach against all hate crime, which we know has a devastating and long-lasting impact on our communities. London is a place where diversity is our strength. I’m determined to do everything I can to support communities in tackling all forms of hate – including investing more than £6 million to support victims of hate crime in London and empower the city’s diverse communities to stand up to the scourge of hate crime.
But we all have a role to play in reducing hate crime and that also involves the Government recognising this issue and properly funding long-lasting efforts to tackle it.”
London Assembly Members
Caroline Pidgeon London Assembly Member – Liberal Democrats
“We need eternal vigilance in tackling hate crimes, which must never go unchallenged.
They put terror and fear into our communities, undermine public safety and too often leave the victims with lasting emotional, physical and psychological effects – long after the act itself.
“We need to all work together to ensure our great city of London and the whole of United Kingdom is a place which is open, compassionate and united.”
Florence Eshalomi MP and London Assembly Member – Labour
“Hate crimes have the power to destroy lives, but together we have the power to destroy hate crime. Hate crime awareness week serves as a reminder to all of us that we each have a role to play in tackling hate in our community, that we can all contribute to a kinder society in which everybody is treated with dignity and respect.”
Jennette Arnold OBE – London Assembly Member – Labour
“Despite the growing dialogue around various forms of hate crime – disability, homophobic, racial, and other – too many Londoners are still subjected to hate. I will continue to be an advocate for all those on the receiving end of these hideous acts and will not stop until we can safely say we will in a just and equal society.”
Murad Qureshi London Assembly Member – Labour
“We saw a rise in xenophobia following the Brexit referendum and we’ve seen a rise in Sinophobia (anti-Chinese) since the start of the pandemic. Let’s be clear, there is never an excuse for hate crime in any form. I stand with others today in promising to play my part in ridding out society of hatred.”
Nicky Gavron London Assembly Member – Labour
“Hate crimes of any nature, aimed at any group, are deplorable and have no place in our city or our country. I will continue to speak out against prejudice and hatred in all its ugly forms.”
Shaun Bailey LAM – London Assembly Member – Conservative
“London’s strength comes from our diversity. From the people of all backgrounds, all colours and all sexualities who call this city home.
But on National Hate Crime Awareness Week, we need to reflect on where we are as a city. Because over the past four years, crime in London has risen to historic highs. And that includes hate crime.
I know what it’s like to be victimised. When I was a boy, long before hate crime had entered our lexicon, I was chased down the road by members of the National Front.
So I know the pain that hate crimes cause. And I know we can’t allow others to go through it.
That’s why I’ll take a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime as Mayor — working with police to make sure criminals are brought to justice.
And I’ll work with any charity or organisation dedicated to stamping out hate.
That way, we can build a city that’s safer, fairer and more just for every resident in every community.”
Unmesh Desai AM, London Assembly Member for City & East London
“Hate crime, in all its forms, is a blight on our society. London’s strength is in its unity and diversity, and I will always defend those values and champion equality for all.”
Onkar Sahota LAM – London Assembly Member for Ealing and Hillingdon – Labour
“These are terribly difficult times. We are seeing an increase in division and hatred across our society. But, we are also seeing people stand up and take a stand against intolerance and injustice. From the Black Lives Matter movement, to the fight for LGBT+ equality, to disabled and women activists finding new platforms to share their experiences and fight for equality.
It is by working together that we will be able to move towards a better society – and how we will be able to protect communities and individuals on a day to day basis. Combatting hate crime is vital, both to create a better world and to protect individuals today and tomorrow”
Len Duvall London Assembly Member for Greenwich and Lewisham – Leader of the London Assembly Labour Group
“Hate crime is a scourge in our society. It destroys the lives of its victims and the
communities in which they live.
I support National Hate Crime Awareness Week wholeheartedly. I hope that the message that it gives shines a light on this vicious crime, and offers a beacon of hope for its victims.”
London Borough Mayors
Peter Chand – Mayor of Barking – London borough of Barking
“As the Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, I am how proud to live amongst such a diverse community who love and respect each other”
Cllr Hannah Gray Mayor of Bromley
“All Hate Crime is utterly unacceptable and must be eliminated from our society, therefore we must all collectively and individually do everything we can to achieve this, through education and vigilance.”
Cllr Maddie Henson – Mayor of Croydon
‘I am writing in my capacity as Mayor of Croydon. Hate crime is a scourge on our society and has no place in Britain. In recent years there we have seen a scarily large increase in hate crime of all sorts. This includes against people because of their religion, gender, disability, and sexual orientation. This has to stop. In Croydon and in Britain as a whole we should all be able to walk down the street and feel safe and not fear harassment. I am proud to support National Hate Crime Awareness week 2020.’
Cllr Adam Jogee – Mayor of Haringey
“In Haringey, as is the case across our capital city, we celebrate and champion diversity. It is our greatest strength and something we are rightly proud of and must constantly defend.
Our differences – be it cultures, language, customs and people – are attributes that we must always treasure and protect. But even now, in 2020, many people are targeted every day for who they are, what they believe and how they look.
As a community, we have to say ‘no’ to hatred, to bigotry and to ignorance.
Through Hate Crime Awareness Week, we are able to shine a light on the prejudice that still exists in our communities; and reaffirm our commitment and unity in taking a stand against it.”
Cllr Margaret Thompson – Mayor of Kingston upon Thames
As Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames I am proud to show my support for National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020.
In Kingston we work closely with Kingston Race and Equalities Council (KREC) and other agencies as members of the Hate Crime Action Group to tackle discrimination and hate crime to ensure that our residents and communities feel safe. No one should live in fear or face abuse because of who they are.
Our services and communities come together to celebrate diversity at events such as Kingston Carnival, the Hate Crime Conference, Black History Month, Pride, Disability History Month, and International Women’s Day.
There is no place for hate crime in Kingston, or the rest of the country. We are proud of our diverse and inclusive Royal Borough.
Cllr Geoff Acton – Mayor of Richmond Upon Thames
We are totally against all forms of hate crime in our borough and everywhere and support fully all efforts being made to eradicate this very destructive form of abuse. Very sorry to hear planned events are cancelled due to the virus but look forward to supporting these when possible. Best wishes in your campaign activities in the meantime.
Cllr Trish Fivey – Mayor of Sutton
“I would like to offer mine and the London Borough of Sutton’s support by highlighting National Hate Crime Awareness Week in Sutton.
We are proud to be working in partnership to deliver a series of online events and activities for this year’s Hate Crime Awareness Week from 12th October to 16th October 2020 https://www.suttonsab.org.uk/events.php. Our aim is to bring people together; to stand with those affected by Hate Crime; to remember those we have lost and those who need our support in tackling a hugely damaging problem currently threatening our society”.
John Biggs Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets says No Place For Hate in Tower Hamlets
‘No place for hate’
National Hate Crime Awareness Week provides an opportunity to raise awareness of hate crime, our no place for hate campaign and reaffirm our commitment to making Tower Hamlets a safe place for those who live work, study or visit the borough.
We have won local and national awards for being the leading borough in tackling hate crime.
Our Hate Crime Champion project have delivered over 1086 activities reaching in excess of 65,000 people
To encourage people to pledge against all forms of hate crime by signing our Pledges available on our Council website.
In Tower Hamlets we are fully committed to addressing Hate Crime. Our strength lies in our diversity.
I would like to thank all those involved in organizing and raising this very important issue.
Cllr Christoper Robbins CBE – Mayor fo Waltham Forest
As with my predecessors, I am pleased to add my support to National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020.
As Mayor of Waltham Forest, I am proud of our diverse and vibrant community. We encourage people to share and celebrate their differences and to increase understanding and acceptance.
This year I am also proud of how the community has come together during the COVID-19 pandemic, and with our Citizens Assembly we also came together to shape how we make Waltham Forest a place where all people feel equally welcome and safe.
No one should live in fear because of who they are. It is up to us all to stand up against discrimination and hate. To mark National Hate Crime Awareness Week we will be launching a ‘by-stander intervention programme’. This ambitious programme aims to empower our community to challenge hate and build community solidarity.
I look forward to working with you and wish you every success with the week ahead and in the future.
Cllr Jonathan Glanz – Lord Mayor of Westminster
“Westminster is a culturally rich borough due to its vibrant and diverse communities and this is what makes it a great place to live, work or visit. Everyone in our community should be free from attacks against their religion, race, sexual orientation or identity, or disability. Unfortunately, hate crime has a real and lasting impact on its victims and the communities in which they take place.
Any instance of hate crime is unacceptable and that is why I, as Lord Mayor of Westminster, am proud to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week. The week highlights the great work of so many local and national organisations and civil society groups, who are working tirelessly to eradicate hate crime. I wish everyone involved in the week every success.”
Superintendent Martin Rolston – Acting Commander – Central East BCU
The Annual National Hate Crime Awareness week (NHCAW) takes place this year on 10th –17th October 2020. It is a week that I give my full support and backing to. Any form of hate crime is completely unacceptable. I encourage everyone to please get involved in the hate crime awareness events that are taking place in CE and across the country. It is a fantastic way to raise awareness of hate crime and an opportunity for all people to stand together to show their support for those who have been effected by Hate Crime.
Officers from Hackney and Tower Hamlets will be supporting NHCAW throughout from
online Webinars, Online Peace talks and engagement events. These events will be
advertised so please get involved and show your support and together we can eliminate all forms of hate.
Chief Superintendent Helen Harper – Commander – Central West BCU and Royal Parks
As the BCU Commander for Central West, I am writing in support of the National Hate Crime Awareness Week which starts on the 10th – 17th October. We are committed and determined to tackle hate crime in all its forms across all of our communities. We know the devastating and long term impact these horrific crimes can have on its victims. We will work tirelessly to identify those who commit hate crimes and prevent this harm.
One victim of hate crime is one victim too many. We will support our communities to speak out about hate crime, to never suffer in silence.
There is absolutely no place for hate crime in our city. Working closely with our partners and the people we serve, I will ensure that we do everything possible to prevent, protect and support those that have been a victim or are affected by hate and hate crimes.
Everyone has the right to live safely without the fear of prejudice or discrimination.
During this week let’s work together to raise awareness, helping to improve the lives of those affected by hate. Let’s work together to understand more about hate crime, to encourage people to come forward and report, to stand together to say no to hate.
Chief Superintendent Rob Atkin MBE – Commander – South East BCU
“As the Chief Superintendent of the South East command unit, I am pleased to be able to use my platform to show support for National Hate crime awareness week. The boroughs of Lewisham, Greenwich and Bexley are amazingly diverse and I want the South East boroughs to continue to be a place where people can live, work and contribute to our communities without living in fear of experiencing hatred. Hate crime has no place in society and we encourage all victims to come forward and report it.
We are committed to working tirelessly to identify individuals who commit hate crimes and provide support to those who need it. We recognise the detrimental impact that harassment, prejudice and discrimination has on individuals and the wider community. Raising awareness of Hate Crime is just one way in which we can help improve the lives of those affected by it. National Hate Crime Awareness Week not only helps people understand the impact that hate crime has on individuals and communities, but it also enables us to promote the work taking place across our communities, in partnership with Police, Local Authorities and Local Charities.”
Police and Crime Commissioners
Sue Mountstevens – Police and Crime Commissioner – Avon and Somerset
“As individuals, we should celebrate our differences; it’s our uniqueness that makes each and every one of us who we are. Being targeted because of your age, race, sexual orientation, religion or any other reason is unacceptable.
I welcome National Hate Crime Awareness week as an opportunity to talk about the impact hate crime has on many people’s lives and what we can all be doing to prevent it from happening in the first place.
This year, the global conversation has shone a light on the grave injustices experienced by black people, people of colour, disabled people and many other communities all over the world, at the hands of the police and the criminal justice system.
I would like to use the words of Martin Luther King who said “that an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” This is not just a matter for people of colour. We must all work together to tackle hate crime to effect positive change in society.
This week provides an opportunity for us to reach out to victims of this awful crime who are victimised because of their age, sexual orientation, religion, race or any other reason. If you’re a victim reading this please know you are not alone; there are organisations and individuals out there who can offer you help and support.
As communities, if we see this behaviour we must challenge it and report it. We must help give victims of hate crime the confidence to speak to the police or partner agencies about their experience. There are some fantastic organisations offering support to victims of hate crime and we need to ensure victims know where to go for support.
The global pandemic has highlighted the disparities, divides and disproportionalities faced by many communities.
We continue to live in a time of uncertainty where the impact of the pandemic remains unclear and during this time there has been a worrying increase in hate crime nationally including in Avon and Somerset. Let’s be clear, there are no excuses for this behaviour and as local communities we must stand together united against hate crime.
We must work together to change the circumstances that create and compound those undeniable inequalities. National Hate Crime Awareness Week is an opportunity for us to shine a light on those injustices and is a stark reminder that we still have so much to do.
We must stand together to fight for a stronger, fairer society built on a foundation of unity and equity.”
Kathryn Holloway – Police and Crime Commissioner Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway recognises Hate Crime week and the impact that these crimes have on vulnerable people in our community.
Bedfordshire has seen over nine hundred and fifty recorded hate related incidents and crime across Bedfordshire since the beginning of the year, the police service has taken positive steps to ensure reporting this crime is easier for the victim, which includes third party reporting.
The law states ‘A hate incident occurs when the victim or anyone else believes it was motivated by the offender being hostile based on disability, race, religion, transgender identity or sexual orientation. The hate incident becomes a crime if it crosses the boundary of criminality.’ This definition is what the dedicated Hate Crime Prevention Team at Bedfordshire Police use to uphold their duties.
“Hate crime can have a disproportionate affect on victims and the wider community, than other crime of a similar nature. Hate crime figures are increasing year on year as confidence to report grows.
As a Police service nationally, this year has seen unique challenges with divided opinion and changing community dynamics. As a force we have to be responsive to community concern and deal with incidents with empathy, professionalism and efficiency” Force Hate Crime lead, Sergeant Carl Perri said.
“I strive to be a Commissioner for all the communities and individuals Bedfordshire has, and where I can I share the message of the importance of education and provide early interventions in order to prevent incidents that are routed in hate from ever occurring.” Said Commissioner Holloway.
Chief Inspector Ryan Brammer, PCC Kathryn Holloway, Chief Constable Garry Forsythe and Sgt Carl Perri, Hate Crime Lead
Paul Crowther CBE – Chief Constable – British Transport Police
As the police service for Britain’s railway, British Transport Police’s (BTP) commitment to the diverse community who travel and work on the railway is to ensure an inclusive network and a policing service that is responsive to the individual needs of those who use it.
We know that hate of any kind has the potential to leave a considerable and lasting
impact, not only on those who are subject to it but also on communities and families, We recognise there are a significant number of incidents that go unreported and the National Hate Crime Awareness Week is a powerful mechanism to encourage victims of hate or intolerance to feel confident in reporting such unacceptable incidents.
The Coronavirus epidemic this year has created new challenges. Many people felt
anxious as some of the restrictions started to ease and on occasion this anxiety was
misdirected towards some of our communities in the form of anger, intolerance or
hate. This is never acceptable to me, or my colleagues across BTP – everyone has
the right to travel safely, no matter their background or identity.
BTP are therefore proud to endorse National Hate Crime Awareness Week and we
will continue to stand with you to make it clear that there is no room for hate or
intolerance on Britain’s railway, or indeed across the UK.
Can I take this opportunity to personally thank you and your team for your hard work,
drive and commitment to continuing to raise awareness of hate and intolerance.
Ron Barclay-Smith – Chair British Transport Police Authority
I wanted to write to you on behalf of the BTP’s oversight body, the Birtish Transport Authority (BTPA), to show our support for both the hard-working team of volunteers at NationalHCAW and the work of teh BTP in tackling and preventing hate crime across Britian’s railway network.
The Authority works with train operating companies and Transport for London to formulate objectives and performance measures for teh British Transport Police related to hate crime to ensure operational activity through the year is focused on tackling these offences.
We are also aware that many of these crimes go unreported and we are proud of the BTP’s joint campaign with TFL and the Metropolitan Police #WeStandTogether, which involved community engagement events aiming to raise awareness and encourage people to come forward and report. Tackling hate crime and raising awareness is particularly importnat on the rail network, as sadly it is an issue faced by the travelling public as well as rail staff. I hope this good work can continue once it is safe to do so.
I wish you all the best for the upcoming National Hate Crime Awareness Week and commend the work of your volunteers and your continuing dedication during this difficult time.
Ray Bisby – Acting Police and Crime Commissioner Cambridgeshire
“Targeting someone based on their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, transgender status or any other such characteristic goes completely against the values that our way of life is built on here in the UK.
Part of my role is to represent the fears and concerns of the communities living within the county. This includes making sure there is wider understanding of the impact hate crime has on individuals and the wider community.
I welcome National Hate Crime Awareness Week as an opportunity to highlight the dedication and commitment of many organisations and community groups who are working tirelessly to prevent instances. No one should suffer in silence therefore I urge anyone who has been the victim of a hate crime or incident to report it to the police.”
David Keane – Police and Crime Commissioner Cheshire
“Hate crime is a heinous crime that will not be tolerated by police in Cheshire. I have worked with Cheshire Constabulary to put in place strict protocols to ensure that every incident is investigated and dealt with appropriately.
Unfortunately, hate crime remains significantly under reported; I am working hard to strengthen the bond between police and third party reporting centres, which ensure more incidents of hate crime are reported and responded to.
I understand the negative impact hate crimes can have on victims and I am proud to offer all victims of crime free support from Cheshire CARES – the service I commission to deliver emotional and practical support to help victims cope and recover from their ordeal”
Hardyal Dhindsa Police and Crime Commissioner Derbyshire and Chief Constable Rachel Swann
Both Chief Constable Rachel Swann and I offer our wholehearted support for National
Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020 and commend you for your unstinting efforts to
raise awareness of hate crime in this country. Together we are making a refreshed and
extremely robust stand against hate.
It’s fair to say that 2020 has brought new challenges for us all and in May, we shared
the global outpouring of shock and grief at the death of George Floyd in America. The
response from communities across the UK reinforces the importance of the work to
address racial and faith-based inequality.
We must enable voices that are underrepresented in our communities to be heard. We
must listen to their experiences of hate crime and racial discrimination. We must
ensure that the achievements of this important week are sustained throughout the year.
It is a matter of deep disappointment that we continue to live in a society in which some people – a relatively small number – continue to promote their bigoted, biased and intolerant opinions. These beliefs not only damage individuals but wage riot on our
wider society with their insidious infiltration into some communities.
It is vital that victims of hate crime speak out, so that we can support them and seek
justice on their behalf. We understand that this can be difficult, but it is essential if we
are to overcome this all too often hidden crime.
Working with our partners, we are proud to see more people reporting incidents and
self-referring to access help. Your work has undoubtedly encouraged people to stand
up and tell their story. But there is more to be done and together, we can and will do
Every incident of hate crime is deplorable, and we will not stop our work until residents across Derbyshire and indeed the country can see a tangible difference in behaviour. That will be a cause for celebration.
Communities and the people in them deserve to live without fear, they should not be
persecuted due to a perceived difference. A little like the police response to Covid-19
we will engage, explain, encourage and lastly enforce in our efforts to drive out hatred.
Martyn Underhill, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset
No one should be targeted or made to feel inferior simply because of who they are or who people think they are. Everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their disability, race, sexual orientation, religion or indeed any other reason.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week provides an opportunity for us to raise awareness of hate crime and is a reminder that more needs to be done to tackle it.
Hate crime isn’t something we’re going to crack overnight – it is a complicated problem which has seen an ugly resurgence nationally over recent years.
Last year, a wide range of organisations including my own, signed up to the Prejudice Free Dorset charter, setting out a clear message that hate crime will not be tolerated. Prejudice Free Dorset is a county-wide partnership of organisations who are committed to working together to reduce prejudice and hate and support victims.
I know from speaking to victims that there can be a reluctance to report what happens to them, sometimes because they don’t believe any action will be taken, and so I want to reassure everyone that these incidents are taken incredibly seriously. Without the information provided by reporting incidents we cannot understand the full scale of the issue nor bring offenders to justice.
I encourage anyone who is unfortunate enough to have experienced a hate crime incident to report it – either to the police, or if they don’t feel comfortable doing so directly, through one of the many third party reporting centres that exist.
Dafydd Llywelyn – Police and Crime Commissioner Dyfed-Powys
Experiencing hate crime can be a particularly frightening experience, as victims are targeted because of who they are, or who or what the attacker thinks they are. Unlike non-identity related offences, the attack is very personal and specifically targeted.
“Now more than ever it’s important for us all to understand more about Hate Crime and the impact it has on victims, their families and our communities. Hate Crime Awareness week is an opportunity to have key conversations about how to tackle the issues around hate crimes.
“National Hate Crime Awareness week and all the activities that we will participate in during the week will hopefully educate people about their responsibilities as citizens and provide them with the knowledge and skills to help challenge the attitudes and behaviours that lead to hate crime”.
Dyfed-Powys Police Strategic Lead for Hate Crime, Chief Inspector Stuart Bell said:
“Hate crimes and incidents hurt; they can cause serious distress, confusion and fear. At Dyfed-Powys Police we are working hard to combat Hate Crime, understand its impacts and provide support to victims. Across the force, we have a wide range of activities and events planned to support national Hate Crime Awareness Week.
“Furthermore we have signed up to the newly launched Victim Support ‘Hate Crime Charter’ which outlines and reinforces victims’ rights.
“I would like to reassure our communities that by reporting crimes and incidents as they happen, police can investigate, bring offenders to justice and stop this from happening to someone else. Whether you are a victim or a witness to hate crime, please report it to us, we want to hear from you and stop this together.”
Jo Farrell – Police and Crime Commissioner Durham
The Office of Durham Police, Crime & Victims’ Commissioner along with Chief Constable Jo Farrell would like to extend our support to for the National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020.
Steve White Acting Police, Crime & Victims’ Commissioner “We are continuingly working hard to play our part in the local communities. It is everyone’s responsibility to stamp hate out and people should not live in fear of prejudice. We extend our best wishes to the organisers and volunteers who have come together once again to help raise the awareness through this campaign so we can eradicate hate crimes from our society.“
Chief Constable Jo Farrell said: “Durham Police are committed to promoting and supporting inclusive communities.
The consequences of hate crime are devastating for communities and will not be tolerated in County Durham and Darlington.
By coming together we can tackle this unacceptable behaviour and we fully support National Hate Crime Awareness Week to raise awareness of this issue.
We take all forms of hate crime very seriously and I would encourage anyone who witnesses it to report it immediately so we can support any victims and bring those responsible to justice.”
Martin Surl – Police and Crime Commissioner Gloucestershire
“Protecting the most vulnerable in our society is a golden thread that runs through policing in this country. Early intervention and prevention is key to preventing crimes against, or victimisation of, anyone on the basis of their disability, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, religion, or any other perceived difference.
Everyone has the right to be different and we have a moral obligation to question what more we can do to tackle prejudices and inequalities in our society. This has been highlighted recently by the abhorrent killing of George Floyd in America and the issues raised by the Black Lives Matter and #metoo movements.
Ron Hansen – Chief Constable Gloucestershire Constabulary
“We’re happy to mark Hate Crime Awareness Week, an annual campaign that raises awareness of hate crimes, encourages reporting, and hopes to inspire people to work together to combat this bigoted crime.
“Hate crime and hate incidents occur when people are targeted due to their race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity, or disability. Older people, the homeless, or those from alternative subcultures may also be victims of hostility, hate or prejudice.
“There is no need nor place for this prejudice and Gloucestershire Constabulary is committed to investigating hate crimes, bringing offenders to justice and giving victims a voice.
“If you believe you have been a victim of a hate crime, please do contact police.”
Michael Lane – Police and Crime Commissioner Hampshire
“We do support the week and raise awareness of this important issue, including signposting to Third Party Reporting Centres which are funded by the PCC.”
Clive Grunshaw – Police and Crime Commissioner Lancashire
“We all deserve to live our lives free from fear of abuse or attack. Targeting someone simply because of who they are is unacceptable.
In Lancashire we do all we can to combat hate crime through local campaigns, the work of specialist officers and dedicated support available through Lancashire Victim Services.”
As part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week we must stand together and say no to hate.”
Lord Willy Bach – Police and Crime Commissioner Leicestershire
This year it is particularly important to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
In a year which has seen the world dealing with the challenges of Covid-19 and the entirely appropriate emotional response to the death of George Floyd, it is more important than ever to stamp out the omnipresent existence of hate.
Over the nine years your campaign has been running, we have worked together to raise
awareness of Hate Crime. This has no doubt helped to drive the sweeping improvements in support and recovery services for victims of this unacceptable behaviour.
Let me be clear. Acts of hatred are a crime. And crime lead to victims. I know that when
victims feel supported, and have trust in the organisations responsible for justice, they have more confidence to come forward to report problems. This is something all of us want to achieve.
I am both shocked and disappointed that there are still people living within the UK who seek to divide their communities through prejudice, hatred and intolerance. Your work helps us all to overcome these attitudes.
In Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland we are doing a great deal to challenge negative and unacceptable attitudes, starting right at the bottom, in our schools. However there are still those who undermine these efforts, and for these we will reserve tough punishment.
There is no excuse for violence and I will join my fellow PCCs this week in making clear
Leicestershire – alongside the rest of the country – has no time for hatred.
Assistant Chief Constable Julia Debenham – Hate Crime Lead
“Hate crime is not tolerated in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and we are committed to tackling it.
Being targeted for who you are is totally unacceptable and we would urge anyone affected by hate or discrimination, or anyone who witnesses this unacceptable behaviour taking place, to report incidents to us so that together we can Stamp It Out.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week enables us to highlight the work we already do within our diverse communities and to put a spotlight onto hate crime in order to provide greater awareness and to provide confidence to our communities to report incidents to us.”
Leicestershire Police – Hate Crime Officer Isla Dixon
“For me it is all about educating our community and providing them with the confidence to come forward and report” she said. “Nobody should be treated any differently just because of who they are.
“A large part of my job is going into schools, colleges and community groups and talking with people about what hate crime actually is, the true effects it can have and how victims of hate crime can report incidents and seek support. As part of this, I also work with our partners and support agencies.
“Delivering awareness sessions is hugely rewarding particularly when I get feedback from people who tell me that they never really understood what hate crime was, what it involves or how it affects people. Raising that awareness and showing that Leicestershire Police are here for people is the main message that I try to get across.
“When you see that trust being built, and I have communities and groups inviting us to work with them in relation to hate crime awareness to address concerns and to promote positive behaviour, that is a huge success for me as well as for the force.”
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Jane Kennedy – Police and Crime Commissioner Merseyside
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is holding a week of action to raise awareness and encourage victims to speak out as part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Working alongside partners including Merseyside Police and Stop Hate UK, Jane Kennedy’s team are carrying out a range of Covid-secure activities across Merseyside to prevent hate crime and increase awareness of the bespoke support available to anyone affected by hate crime.
The activities include an awareness-raising session with businesses in the L8 area, where materials promoting independent reporting service Stop Hate UK will be distributed. There will also be an information session for students at Liverpool John Moores University to increase their awareness of how to report a hate crime.
There will also be Stop Hate UK leaflet drops in areas identified as hotspot areas, including Huyton’s Hillside Estate, the Fingerpost area of St Helens and in the Poet Streets in Bootle.
During the week, the PCC’s team will be offering training to communities and businesses about how to prevent hate crime, as well as identifying venues to become independent hate crime reporting centres. There are already more than 90 of these venues across Merseyside, where victims can get help to contact Stop Hate UK in a safe environment.
Stop Hate UK have been funded through the PCC’s Victim Care Merseyside for the last six years to take reports of hate crime, for anyone who does not feel comfortable speaking to the police. The PCC also funds three specialists hate crime services delivered by the three fantastic local charities – the Anthony Walker Foundation, Daisy Inclusive UK and Citizens Advice Liverpool to provide support to victims of hate crime motivated by race and religion, disability and LGBTI-related hate crime respectively.
Videos promoting the services offered by these three charities will be shared throughout the week. While partner agencies have also been asked to add the details of Stop Hate UK and Crimestoppers to their websites to encourage anyone affected by hate crime to speak out.
Jane said: “Crimes motivated by hate have no place in our communities. I am pleased to once again support for National Hate Crime Awareness Week. This annual event is an important opportunity to stand together with our communities to reject hate and intolerance of any kind.
Merseyside is home to people of all races and faiths, to people of all sexual orientations and genders and to people of all abilities. We are all made stronger by this rich and vibrant diversity.
“Nobody should be subject to abuse, fear or hatred simply because of who they are. One victim of hate crime, is one victim too many. I am committed to raising awareness of this insidious and harmful crime, encouraging anyone affected to speak out and ensuring all our residents can live their lives free from fear. Together we can maintain a society where everyone is welcomed, valued and safe.”
Sophie Linden Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) London
The Mayor of London and I are absolutely clear that hate crime of any kind has no place, whatsoever, in our city. We are determined to support communities in tackling hate crime in all its forms, as we know the devastating and long-term impacts these horrific crimes can have on victims.
I’m proud – once again – to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week. While we are all saddened that the annual Service of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by hate crime which is usually hosted by St Paul’s Cathedral is not happening this year, it is more important than ever that we do everything we can to tackle these issues.
It is incredibly concerning that we have witnessed a rise in racist and religious hate crime during the COVID-19 lockdown, which at its peak, was higher than levels seen in July 2016 following the EU referendum. The Black Lives Matter movement has also rightly shone a spotlight on deep-rooted issues around race hate crime.
The Mayor and I are doing everything in our power to tackle hate crime from City Hall, which includes working closely with the police who have our full support in enforcing the law against anybody who commits these crimes.
It also includes investing more than £6 million – more than under any previous Mayor – to tackle the growing threat that London’s diverse and minority communities are facing. Other efforts include doubling City Hall funding for the hate crime victim advocacy service delivered by Community Alliance to Combat Hate (CATCH), supporting victims to navigate the criminal justice system, and funding grassroots community organisations which help people stand against hate and intolerance.
At the beginning of the year, we also launched the Shared Endeavour Fund, which is a vital part of our efforts to prevent radicalisation, combat hate crime and counter violent extremism.
However, we can’t solve this problem alone. That’s why it’s essential that the Government matches mine and the Mayor’s determination and provides substantial, long-term funding solutions and efforts to tackle this scourge.
Lorne Green, Police and Crime Commissioner Norfolk
“When I became PCC, I made it clear from day one that I would not tolerate any form of hate incidents. The only thing I hate is hate itself, and it is vital we unite together against hate incidents this Hate Crime Awareness Week. That is why Norfolk Constabulary and Norfolk County Council re-launched Stop Hate in Norfolk this week.
We live in unsettling times and it is crucial people feel reassured and are confident to report what they have experienced and understand we will deal robustly with any individuals or groups committing such crime which can have an overwhelming impact on victims.
“I think people need to look out for each other. If you see something which you feel is wrong, don’t ignore it, report it – only by working together can we help stamp out any hate and prejudice.”
Arfon Jones – Police and Crime Commissioner North Wales
Each year Hate Crime Awareness Week comes around and I consider what has changed in the 12 months since the last campaign. I find we always wrestle with same 2 objectives – encouraging people to report whilst reducing the likelihood of it happening in the first place. It remains a key challenge to meet both these goals.
We want to encourage victims to come forward. We need our citizens and communities to have confidence in the police service to deal with this awful crime. We also want to reduce the number of hate crimes and hate crime victims. We need to get the message out to perpetrators and would-be perpetrators that hate crime and hate speech is not ok and there is no room in the communities of North Wales, or indeed anywhere, for hate.
We have heard again and again that this year has been unprecedented in the challenge it has presented to people across the world. We have seen both the best and worst of people during this time. As we try to make sense of violence and hatred across the world, we are reminded that we are accountable to the public for the service we provide to all our communities.
Political tensions nationally and internationally have proved to be divisive amongst communities. Mistrust, lack of understanding and hostility can grow in such a climate which can lead to the breakdown of good community relations and increases the likelihood of hate speech, hate incidents and hate crime.
In the words of the late MP Jo Cox “…we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.” We need to bring people together to reduce tensions to create happier and safer communities. In the policing service we need to understand hate crime and what drives it and take effective and decisive action to tackle it and drive it out.
Kim McGuinness – Police and Crime Commissioner Northumbria
Hate crime will not be tolerated in Northumbria and I’m here to make sure of it. It really is important that absolutely everyone has the confidence to report any incidents of hate – not just this week, but every week. Victims need to feel reassured that they are being listened to and that their police force are doing everything possible to tackle the issues they are faced with.
In the North East we are passionate in our fight against hate crime and are doing lots to stop all types of hurtful prejudice. We’re on a mission to recruit hate crime champions through-out the region – it’s a role designed to educate against hate within organisations or local communities. Education is so important and that’s why we have also commissioned various projects with organisations such as The Prince’s Trust and Show Racism the Red Card to teach our young people important values about respect and acceptance.
Tackling hate, preventing further suffering and ensuring those responsible are brought to justice are priorities for me. We all need to build on the positives and stamp out hateful behaviours once and for all.
Paddy Tipping – Police and Crime Commissioner Nottinghamshire
I welcome the arrival of National Hate Crime Awareness Week and appreciate this
opportunity to express my support.
As a society, we have come so far in our pursuit of equality, tolerance and acceptance but there is still so much to do. Every incident of hate undermines confidence in our communities and reinforces invisible barriers which prevent progress.
We have reached a turning point in history, with global events demanding greater
interrogation of racial inequality and disproportionality. The treatment and experiences of those from BAME communities must be heard, examined and understood to identify marginalisation and exclusion where it occurs so that we can change the future. Not only is there a need to look inwardly at our own organisations to dismantle blocks and hindrances that inhibit success, we must give power to the voices that are underrepresented or unheard in our communities and that means listening to their experiences of hate crime and racial discrimination.
In Nottinghamshire, we have developed a new strategy to achieve this with a three-strand approach. This year, I will be establishing a Community Listening Group (CLG) which will enable key public safety figures to discuss concerns and issues relating to crime, victimisation, offending and policing that impact the BAME community. The CLG will be represented by groups, individuals and organisations which provide services to the BAME community and have personal insight into the challenges facing them, and will promote a two-way dialogue between myself and Nottinghamshire’s diverse communities.
We will also launch a Commissioner’s Equality Group (CEG), whose membership will
include the Chief Constable, to meet quarterly to monitor progress against the BAME issues raised by the CLG in relation to hate crime, victimisation, offending and policing.
Lastly, I intend to launch a new Independent Community Scrutiny Group (ICSG) providing independent scrutiny and oversight of concerns and issues impacting the BAME community.
Members will bring knowledge, insight and understanding from both their lived experience of social injustice and their professional training and academic study.
Police forces must seize the opportunity to define new ways forward and ensure all citizens feel valued, supported, respected and understood.
No incident of hate crime or discrimination is acceptable, on whatever premise and cause. Such crimes are the result of deeply-entrenched thought processes, perceptions and stereotypes that have no place in a modern world. These perceptions must be broken down and eradicated at every level and in every organisation. Only at this point will hate crime cease to exist.
David Munro, Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey
“There’s no place for hate in Surrey.” – Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro urges more people to report hate crime
Hate crimes, including those that are based on an individual’s actual or perceived race or ethnicity or sexual orientation, can have devastating consequences for the victim, and undermine our whole society. Hate crimes can leave individuals isolated, making them more vulnerable to further victimisation.
So far this year, there have sadly been more than 1,346 reports of this type of crime in Surrey. It’s likely that there are other cases that are unreported, including hate crimes that are non-violent but can be equally as damaging to those involved.
How the police deal with hate crimes is central to protecting our whole community, so that every person may live fully.
This month, I met with Surrey Police’s strategic leads on hate crime, but also accompanied local officers who are engaging with communities across Surrey to build awareness of hate crime in our communities. I met individuals who were simply not aware that they could report the abuse they had experienced. Together, we’re encouraging more people to recognise hate crime and to report it to Surrey Police.
But there is more we can do, and part of this is ensuring that there is a force wide approach to strengthening the knowledge of officers across the Force to provide the best possible service to victims. This includes keeping every victim of hate informed at every stage of their case, and explaining the specialist support available to help them recover from their experiences.
There is no place for hate in Surrey. As Police and Crime Commissioner, my office is involved in the ongoing improvement of the Force strategy on hate crime, and this is an area that will continue to receive my most serious attention.”
Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley
“Many people who have experienced genuine hate crime often do not report it. Hate crime should not be tolerated or lived with. I hope that National Hate Crime Awareness Week will continue to increase the knowledge around hate crime and encourage victims, and those witnessing hate crime, to report it.”
Philip Seccombe TD – Police and Crime Commissioner – Warwickshire
National Hate Crime Awareness Week is a welcome opportunity to highlight the devastating effect that hate crime can have on people’s lives, giving a voice to victims and showcasing our determination to change attitudes and make it clear that hate crime is unacceptable in any form.
As Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire, I have ensured that tackling hate crime and providing support to those who experience it has been a priority for the police and other agencies across the county. We have launched the Hate Crime Partnership, which brings together all of the local organisations that have a responsibility for community safety to work together on a common action plan to address the many issues hate crime brings.
Collectively, we know that this is an area of crime which remains under-reported, so I have placed a lot of focus on increasing the confidence of victims to come forward. It’s important for the whole community to understand the message that Warwickshire Police does treat hate crime as a priority and will take action against the perpetrators.
We now have a dedicated online portal for Warwickshire residents – www.reporthatenow.com – enabling them quickly and easily report incidents online, seek advice and information about support services and learn about the work that is being done to help tackle hate crime within the county.
Last year also saw the launch of the Hate Crime Charter, which I fund and is aimed at helping businesses to identify hate crime incidents that may take place in and around their premises, providing training resources for staff and branded materials to showcase their support to their staff and customers.
Through National Hate Crime Awareness Week, we can all help to show that we stand together to end hate crime. While this year the coronavirus pandemic means that many of the physical events which would previously have taken place are now happening virtually, that does not diminish in any way the message that there is no place for hate.
Mark Burns-Williamson – Police and Crime Commissioner – West Yorshire
“My name is Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and I am supporting Hate Crime Awareness Week.
We have a hate crime awareness raising campaign, “Hate Hurts”, here in West Yorkshire that has been ongoing for a number of years.
At the heart of that campaign is the message that everyone has a right to feel safe and no one should ever be a victim of hate crime because of their disability, gender (including transgender) identity, race, religion, sexual orientation or because of how they choose to dress…put simply because of who they are.
Hatred, violence and intolerance in any form is unacceptable and should be addressed.
We all have a role to play in doing this and although more awareness and positive progress has been made, there is still much more to do.
Covid-19 has also had a major impact on all our lives but we cannot allow it to divide us as we know our diversity is one of our greatest strength, something that we will continue to celebrate.
Help us take a stand against hate. It does not matter where in the country the hate crime happened, or if it is the first time or after many times. What is important is that you report it, either with the police or with our third party reporting partners.
Support is available for victims of hate crime whether or not they wish to report it. It is available from a wide variety of organisations and can be accessed easily by contacting Stop Hate UK or Victim Support West Yorkshire. Victim Support is available 24 / 7 by phone or web chat.
No one should live with the fear, anxiety and dehumanising consequences of hate, and for that reason I feel it’s so important to support this week of awareness.”
Northern Ireland Assembly
Clare Sugden MLA Northern Ireland Assembly
Hate crime – regardless of the target – has no place in our society. Whether someone is targeted because of their race, disability, gender, sexuality or anything else, it is wrong. Our differences make us who we are and should be celebrated.
As justice minister of Northern Ireland I initiated a review of our hate crime laws. The law must be equipped to deal with all kinds of hate crime, and those responsible for them must know they will face the full force of the law.
It is important we recognise that hate crime exists in our society – in fact, sadly, it is rising. Only when we acknowledge this will we be able to fight against it – with education, confidence and a robust legal system.
Anas Sarwar Labour MSP for Glasgow and chair of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Tackling Islamophobia
National Hate Crime Awareness Week is a moment to recognise there is so much more to do to tackle inequality and discrimination in our society.
Many police officers, community groups and charities do fantastic work to tackle hate crime, but prejudice and hatred is still a daily experience for too many of our fellow citizens. We still have to break down the systemic challenges that inhibit the fight for equality.
As a society we must redouble our efforts to tackle hate crime.
No part of the UK is immune from this challenge: we pride ourselves in Scotland on being an open and tolerant nation, and yet there are Scots who suffer at the hands of racists every single day.
The Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Tackling Islamophobia has worked hard to understand the reality faced by people in our communities.
There are people in Scotland who feel scared to leave their homes for fear of verbal of physical attack; are withdrawing from public services with devastating knock-on consequences on their health and education; and feel they are outsiders in their own country. This should shame us all.
The findings of a public inquiry revealed that 35.5% of Muslim people in Scotland said Islamophobia was an everyday issue for them. Many participants, especially women, said they are unable to feel safe outside of their homes.
This year, the publication of the latest hate crime statistics for Scotland also highlighted the distressing reality of a 29% increase in hate crimes against disabled people and a 24% increase in people targeted because of their sexual orientation. It must be recognised though that not all racism can be reported to the police or is criminal.
Antisemitism and other forms of hatred remain a scourge on our society. It must be acknowledged that such prejudiced views go across the political spectrum. No political party, organisation or institution is immune.
My ambition for Scotland is that all children grow up in a more equal and fairer country, where everyone has the same opportunity.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week is an opportunity to build the coalition we need to defeat hate.
We stand together against hate. This is a fight for all of us.
Clare Adamson MSP – Motherwell and Wishaw – Scottish Parliament
“Hate crime has no place in Scotland, or anywhere in the world. People have Human Rights that need to be respected, and every citizen should be treated with dignity and respect. The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened stress and tension around many aspects of our daily lives. We need to recognise this and be kind to one another. Be safe, be kind be respectful – hate crime will not be tolerated.”
Fiona Hsylop MSP – Linlithgow – Scottish Parliament
“I am writing to you not only as an MSP and Cabinet Secretary, but also as an individual who believes everyone deserves to have their human rights respected and protected. For too long, individuals and groups have faced discrimination in various forms to varying extents and it must be stopped.
As challenging as this year has been, amid the struggles and loss caused by the coronavirus, we have also been given the gift of time. Time to reflect, time to be kind, and time to make positive changes. I have taken the time to look at my own community and ask how we can spread kindness and respect. I believe taking actions at a local level can create a positive ripple to wider society.
The long running Black Lives Matter movement escalated to a new level this year, exposing the underlying roots of racism within societies across the UK. In my constituency alone, the community reflected on aspects of our society which have historic links to racism. We felt this should be addressed to create a more respecting and equal society, which are core principals of Hate Crime Awareness. For example, many buildings in Bathgate were financed by John Newlands whose wealth came from slavery. His name is associated with the Bathgate Children’s and Community Festival, and there has been a long debate and pressure to change the festival’s name. This year, a popular petition about this has triggered the process for having the festivals name permanently changed.
The name of the festival may be changing, but the history of the town’s wealth must not be erased. We must ensure that we acknowledge and educate future generations that the town’s wealth came from the backs of slaves. This history should not be forgotten and will not be repeated. I will ensure that our community is one of solidarity and in unity we will stand together in the spirit of humanity in all its diversity.
This historic form of hate crime was part of our community’s history and life has significantly progressed since this period of time. However, we must now face the modern forms of hate crime. I am committed to tackling hate crime and strive to achieve justice for victims. I will not stand by and let hate crime win – being complacent is never the solution for change.
National Hate Crime Awareness week is an important reminder for all of us to take time to reflect on our attitudes. I encourage everyone to use this week to consider our language, behaviour and actions. It is the time to educate yourself on hate crime: learn about the history, understand the lived experiences, and most importantly, strive to make changes in your daily behaviour.
We stand together against hate.
Jackie Baillie MSP – West Scotland – Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
“National Hate Crime Awareness Week is such an important event which draws attention to many important issues each year. I am saddened that the usual engagement events can’t happen this October but I am glad to see this important week will still go ahead virtually. Far too many people across the UK are still victims of hate crime every single day. We must show that there is zero tolerance when it comes to hate crime and that we call it out wherever we see it.”
Liam McArthur MSP – Member of Scottish Parliament – Orkney
Hate crime is not something that can or should be tolerated, in any context. With the political and social sphere being dragged to the extremes, and statistics showing the number of hate crime charges in Scotland increasing across all categories, it is more important than ever to make that clear and unequivocal.
And, in an increasingly online world, where social media and the internet empower individuals and groups to reach ever-wider audiences with whatever hateful views they may hold, there is no room for complacency.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week is a welcome opportunity to underline this, and make sure that a united front can be offered against all such divisive and abusive rhetoric.
Willie Rennie MSP – Leader Scottish Liberal Democrats – Member of Scottish Parliament
“The Scottish Liberal Democrats stand with people affected by discrimination, hatred and abuse.
People should not be victimised because the colour of their skin, religion, nationality, gender or anything else.
We don’t tolerate abuse online or anywhere else for that matter. And we will call it out when we hear it or see it.”
Jane Hutt AM, Deputy Minister and Chief Whip – Welsh Parliament
“The Welsh Government is working with the police, community cohesion co-ordinators and victim support services to make sure that people in Wales understand what hate crimes are, and what action victims, bystanders and communities should take when they happen.
No person in Wales should have to tolerate prejudice or hate crime. Everyone has the right to respect, and everyone should be able to go through their day without being insulted, harassed or attacked. It is vital that victims of hate crime are supported, and that perpetrators are held to account.
The Welsh Government will be signing up to the Victim Support Cymru Hate Crime Charter, which brings the rights of victims of hate crime into focus, and encourages organisations to commit to play their part in tackling hate crime. I encourage organisations across Wales to sign up and show their support too.
“There is no home for hate in Wales.”
Jenny Rathbone MS – Cardiff Central – Welsh Parliament
“The Brexit debate tragically put rocket boosters to the hostility faced by too many of the communities I represent. The latest abhorrent idea is that asylum seekers fleeing persecution and war are to have fishing nets erected to prevent them reaching members of their families already living in Britain, including children. I am proud to speak out in support of a richly diverse society where everyone’s views are respected and all have a part to play.”
John Griffiths MS – Newport East – Welsh Parliament
“I am very proud to represent the diverse communities which make up Newport East – however over the last number of years we have seen many people be victims of hate crime locally. This is unacceptable and I am committed to working together with Gwent Police, our local charities and other organisations to tackle hate crime in our city.”
Mark Isherwood MS – North Wales – Conservative Welsh Parliament
“I am pleased to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020.
Instead of hate, we must build communities where people – whatever their background – live, work, learn and socialise together, based around shared rights, responsibilities and opportunities.
Hate crime undermines this vision, spreading fear and stopping people from playing a full part in their communities.
Community cohesion requires the encouragement of positive relationships between different groups, respecting and celebrating our glorious diversity together.
We must recognise the vital work been carried out by community and third sector organisations to tackle hate by promoting an understanding of – and respect for – this country’s diverse cultures through cultural engagement and interaction, education and training.
In so doing, we must also enable disabled people to achieve their own goals and live their own lives in the way that they choose for themselves, free of fear.”
Paul Davies MS – Leader of the Conservatives – Welsh Parliament
“Hate Crime is simply abhorrent and has no place in Wales. We all have a responsibility to call out hate crime and help build a tolerant and respectful Wales for our future generations and that’s why I’m urging people to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
I’m keen to do everything in my power to see Hate Crime eradicated from our communities and I will continue to work constructively with Governments across the UK, local authorities and others to encourage people to call out hate crime incidents and support those who have been affected. Only by working together, we can see hate crime eradicated from our communities.”
Rebecca Evans MS – Member of Welsh Parliament
“As we enter National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020, I continue to commit to encourage the reporting of hate crime, and inspire people to work together to address and tackle hate crime in all forms, and to support all victims of this crime. I share the Welsh Government’s vision of an inclusive Wales in which people from all backgrounds can thrive, and where there is no room for xenophobia, racism or bigotry. Together we can give a voice to the victims and work towards a Wales free of hate crime.”
Jayshree Mehta – President – Bharat Hindu Samaj – Hindu Temple – Peterborough
“Bharat Hindu Samaj was formed in 1972 to meet the needs of the Hindu Community in Peterborough & surrounding area with the help of the Cambridgeshire County Council of the day. Ever since the community has grown and continues to provide the religious and cultural neds of the Hindu community in the city and around. At the same time the organisation ensures to interact, participate and contribute fully in the city with other voluntary and statutory organisations. All Hindus of any caste worship, eat, celebrate together without any discrimination plus any non-Hindu is very welcome to visit and join us at any time. Bharat Hindu Samaj has worked tirelessly for community cohesion in the city. Our city wide events Mela ( 2000-2005 ) and now Diwali Festival celebrated in the city centre is open to and attended by everyone.”
Suleman Nagdi – Federation of Muslim Organisations (FMO)
The last 6 months have been a testing time for Leicester, and for the country as a whole. Covid-19 continues to change how we live, in ways we would scarcely have found imaginable at the start of 2020.
Eid was cancelled, leaving many disappointed. We have had to keep our distance from friends and family. Some of us have lost loved ones.
Isolation, uncertainty and stress have been unavoidable by-products of the pandemic. The additional lockdown measures currently in place in Leicester have only heightened this further.
Despite all of this, it has been heartening to see the heroic efforts of many in the community to support the most vulnerable and isolated.
Sadly, this positivity hasn’t been universal. Over the last few months we have also seen an increase in hate crime directed towards certain communities. Fear and anxiety have been manipulated to stoke anger and division through lies and misinformation.
It is unacceptable and it must stop.
During Hate Crime Awareness Week FMO is continuing our work with the hate crime unit of Leicester Police, including showing support for communities across Leicester as part of the pledge photo initiative. FMO are here for you if you have concerns or have experienced abuse. You can also find help with Stamp it Out.
We would also urge anyone who has been the victim of a hate crime, or has witnessed a hate crime, to report it to the Police Hate Crime Officer, Isla Dixon at email@example.com.
This is not the time to increase division and hate. This is not the time to generalise the actions of individuals to their communities. This is the time to support each other, and to listen to each other.
So this Hate Crime Awareness Week, I have a simple message for all of Leicester – Hate has no place in our city. Not now. Not ever.
Mike Ainsworth – Chair of the National Hate Crime Independent Advisory Group
“The COVID crisis has emphasised the importance of community cohesion. Recovery for any community will need to ensure that everyone feels welcome and safe whether shopping on the High Street or enjoying the night life.
Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents are a powerful barometer of community cohesion. The damage they cause ripples through our society and will delay recovery. Now more than ever we need effective moral leadership from the Government to ensure all communities feel safe and welcome.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week is an opportunity for everyone to demonstrate our commitment to cohesion as upstanders not bystanders.”
Doug Barrow – Safer City Partnershi Chairman
As the Chairman of the Safer City Parhrership, the Community Safety partnership for
the City of London I am honoured to support the National Hate Crime Awareness
Week 2020. This is an opportunity to raise awareness and show a united front
against hate crime and any type of hostility towards anyone with a protected
The Cityof London is proud to say that we cherish diversity and we want all our
communities including residents, businesses and visitons to feel safe. Hate crime has
a real and lasting impact – no one should be targeted because of their religion, race,
sexual orientation or identity, or disability. There is no place for this in london, the
UK or the world and the police and all agencies part of the Safer City Partnership are here to protect and support our communities against such behaviour.
Yassar Abbas and Valeria Cadena – Co-Chair’s, City of London Multi-Faith Staff Network
The City of London Multi-Faith Network encourage everyone to get involved with and
support National Hate Crime Awareness Week, to help bring communities together.
This year the work it does has become more important than ever before, with the death of George Floyd and the protests that followed around the world.
We have also seen a rise in attacks on minority groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is despite victims often feeling discouraged or prevented from reporting instances of hate crime.
That is why it is vital that we raise awareness of the support that is available to them and why we have always marked National Hate Crime Awareness Week ever since our Network was first established.
We have always recognised the hugely positive role it has played and continues to play in society.
We urge you to do what you can to support this great initiative too.
Mark Hallas – CEO – Crimestoppers
“Crimestoppers fully supports National Hate Crime Awareness Week. The UK is no place for hate and we need to build on our long tradition of openness and acceptance.
“Our charity is here to help and offer hope to those people who feel unable to speak directly to the police. If you know who is behind hate crime and prefer not to reveal your identity, just let our charity know and we’ll pass it on. Contact us online or call freephone 0800 555 111. You’ll stay 100% anonymous.”
CST Community Security Trust
CST is proud to support , this year taking place from 10-17 October. It is a week of education and action; an opportunity to grow understanding of what hate crime actually is, encourage those who see it to report it, and urge communities, local authorities and partner organisations to tackle it head-on.
CST’s mission to protect our Jewish community and combat antisemitism does not exist in isolation. It is a mission informed by the realities of the society we live in, the pockets of hatred that that continue to form and fester, and the threat that they pose. In 2019, for the fourth consecutive year, CST recorded than in any previous year.
This is not a challenge that CST faces alone. Since 2016, hate crime has risen across the board, and virtually all minority groups have been affected. These prejudices, rooted in ignorance, fear and anger, often do not have a single target, but seek to attack all that is perceived to be different.
In a year that has made it impossible to stand physically side-by-side, CST strongly reaffirms its solidarity with its partners committed to fighting racism, bigotry and discrimination, and with all those facing persecution on account of their identity. This week is a fantastic chance to reach beyond our own community, share experiences of hate crime, and collaborate in building a safer, more compassionate society.
CST wishes to thank all those supporting and working on National Hate Crime Awareness Week, and for making sure this important issue is brought to the forefront. If you have been subjected to hate crime you can download the CST and Tell Mama booklet ‘’ which includes useful advice for anybody who has suffered any kind of hate crime.
René Cassin’s, the Jewish voice of human rights, statement in support of NationalHCAW
As the Jewish voice for human rights, René Cassin is all too aware of the ways in which hatred, when left unchallenged, can destroy entire generations. Hateful attitudes, acts of prejudice and violence, are part of the pyramid of hate which ultimately leads to conditions conducive of atrocity crimes and genocide.
Jewish history and experience have taught us the value in standing together against hate. We remember the compassion and righteousness of Jewish and non-Jewish people, working together to save countless Jewish people from Nazi persecution.
It is this compassion we continue today, as we share in the message of NHCAW that intolerance and hostility towards any community is unacceptable. Because hate crime does not discriminate, it affects all marginalised and persecuted groups, whether based on race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity, or disability, it always seeks to further division and hostility.
We must look to our response during lockdown – how in a time of crisis we came together – and harness that same goodwill and community spirit to challenge hate. We stand together, with the Jewish community and beyond, for a society that is open and celebrates diversity whilst calling out those who continue to perpetuate hostility and prejudice. Together, we can #CutItOut.
Rose Simkins, Chief Executive of Stop Hate UK
‘ Stop Hate UK continues to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week as we still have so much work to do to eliminate Hate Crime and achieve a society where we are all valued for our unique identity.
2020 has seen many changes for us all but one positive aspect of the year has been an ‘awakening’ by many individuals and many businesses that we all have a part to play in doing this and that we cannot wait for someone else to deliver the change we all need.
We have to channel this energy and together make a noise to demonstrate our support for the change where no-one will be afraid in their home, in the street, in their workplace, online or anywhere because of their identity.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week helps us with this challenge.
Thank you to 17-24-30 NationalHCAW for providing a strong vehicle to help this happen’
Iman Atta – Cheif Executive of Tell Mama
National Hate Crime Awareness Week continues to be a beacon of hope that has brought together a growing coalition of like-minded individuals, and agencies, who refuse to accept that we live and work in a “Broken Britain” that is beyond repair. Like you, we in Tell Mama commit to being Upstanders where hate and intolerance presents itself as we want to be clear that hate has no place in the 21st centuary. We are proud to work in partnership with you and all your colleagues at Nation Hate Crime Awareness Week to ensure that this is a reality.
Our commitment to you, and a strong endorsement from our London Advisory board members (Barry Boffy, Shabnam Chaudhri, Hafiz Choudhury, Parveen Hassan MBE, Ubaid-ul Rehman, Mark Wheatley, Ash Zaman) and all diverse commnities who live, work or visit the U.K. is to continue working tirelessly for an inclusive and welcoming society that embraces and celebrates difference and promotes social and political cohesion. We are grateful that National Hate Crime Awareness Week allows us the opportunity to showcase the important and valuable work we do to achieve this as well as inform one another on the journey ahead.
We Stand Together With You.
Diana Fawcett, Chief Executive of the independent charity Victim Support
“These figures may show genuine rises in hate crime, with significant spikes seen in June and early July when events like the Black Lives Matter protests were taking place. Our caseworkers also report that the lockdown has been used in some instances to intimidate BAME communities with false accusations of flouting rules.
“The figures may also suggest that victims have more confidence to seek support and report hate crime. We know that hate crime is hugely underreported because some victims worry that the incident was ‘too trivial’ to report or that it won’t be taken seriously by the police. While in one sense it is extremely concerning that racial and homophobic hate crimes in particular are on the rise, it can also be a sign that more victims are coming forward.
“As part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week we want to ensure people know that hate crime is a serious offence and there is help and support available to anyone who needs it, whether or not they want to report to the police. No one should feel unsafe because of the scourge of hate crime.”
Links to letters from previous years are available here;