Statements of Support 2022

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Each year we aim to raise the profile of hate crime on the social and political agenda by inviting representatives of the Government, Members of Parliament and the House of Lords, the leaders of the political parties, local councillors, Police and Crime Commissioners, police leaders, CEO’s from the anti-hate crime and voluntary sectors, faith leaders and leaders from communities affected by hate crime – to contribute statements of support for National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

A national week to encourage the authorities (Government, Police and Councils), key partners (the anti-hate crime and voluntary sector), and communities affected by hate crime to work together to tackle local hate crime across the UK.

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During the week

We remember those we have lost, those who need our ongoing support, and seek to educate future generations to prevent further hate crimes.

We signpost and support the work being done by so many people and organisations, mapping hate crime events and projects across the UK.

We bring people to stand together to say no to hate in our communities so we can live in peace and harmony together.

Statements of Support 2022

Prime Minister

Pending Response

Government Mininsters

Pending Response

Home Office

We have looked into your request as promised, and wanted to let you know that Home Office Ministers will not be providing a statement this year.

Leader of the Opposition

Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer MP

Leader of the Opposition, Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer MP

“It is clear that communities across the U.K. are being failed by 12 years of Conservative Government. Over the last decade violent hate crime offences has risen six-fold from 12,739 to 63,895.

We must not only have a zero tolerance approach to discrimination but actively work to dismantle it in all its forms. It is a basic human right to feel safe.

We all have a duty to play our part in creating a safe and fairer Britain, and as Leader of the Opposition hoping to form the next government, I take mine incredibly seriously.

That’s why I support National Hate Crime Awareness week and its call for collaborative working to tackle hate crime in this country. From Government, Police, Councils to the communities affected by hate crime we need to prioritise this issue.

Labour will strengthen the law so that every category of hate crime is treated as an aggravated offence, and the perpetrators of this hate can no longer dodge longer sentences.

We will introduce a landmark new Race Equality Act, implement the Lammy Review recommendations in their entirety, and ensure there is a curriculum that reflects our country’s diverse history and society. My Labour government will tackle racism head on.

Leaders of the Green Party England and Wales Carla Denyer and Adrian Ramsay – Co-Leaders, Zack Polanski – Deputy Leader

In order of photo: Zack Polanski – Deputy Leader, Carla Denyer and Adrian Ramsay – Co-Leaders

It is totally unacceptable that many people in 2022 face discrimination, abuse and targeted attacks due to who they are, from racial discrimination or discrimination against people with disabilities to crimes against women and girls.

In the wake of Brexit and in an often toxic media environment, tackling hate crime is only getting more urgent.

Hate crime levels rose again last year by 26%, which represents the biggest increase in hate crimes since March 2017. This includes racially motivated hate crimes, sexual orientation and gender identity hate crimes, and disability hate crimes. Recent data shows that hate crimes against trans people have risen over 600% since 2014.

Hate Crime Awareness Week is a chance for education and to raise awareness so that as a society we are better able to identify hate and work together to tackle it. Too many hate crimes go unreported due to a lack of awareness, or due to lack of confidence in the authorities tasked with responding to such crimes. Governments, public and private institutions, the media and the police have a responsibility to work together at every level with communities affected by hate to improve education and to work with compassion to prevent hate from spreading, through swift and effective responses.

It cannot fall solely to those affected by hate to report it and try to bring about justice: we all have a responsibility to learn about the causes and effects of hate. It is through awareness, understanding and compassion that we can build a better society – one that ends the discrimination that makes Hate Crime Awareness Week a necessity, and instead celebrates and learns from diversity.

Leader of the Liberal Democrats

Pending response

Leader Ulster Unionist Party Doug Beattie MC MLA

Leader Ulster Unionist Party Doug Beattie MC MLA

“National Hate Crime Awareness Week aims to encourage the authorities (Government, Police and Councils), key partners (the anti-hate crime sector and voluntary sector organisations), and communities affected by hate crime (disability, faith, gender identity, race, and sexual orientation) to work together to tackle local hate crime issues across the UK.

“As someone who is committed to building a society that is based on tolerance and mutual respect, I am proud to give my backing to National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2022 which will be marked across the United Kingdom between the 8th and 15th October, with an annual Act of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by hate crime being held at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Sunday 9th October.

“It is vital that we all play our part in working to tackle all forms of hatred including racism, sectarianism and homophobia.

“It is particularly poignant that David Amess MP was attacked and murdered in October last year during National Hate Crime Awareness Week, given his public stance that there should be no place for hate in our society.

“I would therefore encourage all local authorities, key partners and community leaders in Northern Ireland to support this annual anti-Hate Crime campaign across the UK.”

Scotland

Christina McKelvie MSP Minister for Equalities and Older People

Christina McKelvie MSP Minister for Equalities and Older People

National Hate Crime Awareness Week – Minister for Equalities and Older People
Statement of Support 2022

National Hate Crime Awareness Week provides a valuable opportunity for us to join together
and confront hatred and prejudice in all its corrosive forms.

There is no excuse for hate crime and prejudice and the Scottish Government is absolutely
committed to tackling it wherever it happens, whenever it happens and whoever it happens
to. We remain unwavering in our dedication to ensuring there is no place for hate crime in
Scotland.

We know all too well the damaging impact hate crime has on victims, families and
communities. We all have a part to play in challenging it and to confront prejudice where it
exists.

The annual campaign of H.O.P.E encourages us all to raise awareness of hate crime and
consider how we can come together to tackle it more effectively. I very much look forward to
continuing to work closely with communities across Scotland in order to achieve our shared
vision of a society where there is simply no place for hatred and intolerance, where everyone
feels connected, has a sense of belonging and is valued.

I thank the team behind National Hate Crime Awareness Week for all their efforts in shining
a light on this important issue.

Members of Paliament

Sir Alan Campbell MP for Tynemouth

Sir Alan Campbell MP for Tynemouth

As a former Home Office Minister I am pleased to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week which is an valuable opportunity to shine a light on what is an awful crime. We must stand together to show that there is no place in our society for hate crime and show unity against those who seek to divide us.

Apsana Begum Member of Parliament Poplar and Limehouse

I am proud to represent an area as diverse as Poplar and Limehouse where, historically, local communities united in standing-up to – and defeating – fascism. During ‘The Battle of Cable Street’, over 85 years ago, what we saw then was an incredible triumph of humanity – a victory of people’s power, set in the context of fascism advancing across Europe.

That hate speech and hate crimes are now, once again, on the rise in the UK should shock and appal us all. We must unite now, as we did then, and stand against those who seek to divide us. No one should face discrimination or prejudice, of any form, for who they are. Every single one of us has the right to live with dignity and without fear.

I stand in solidarity with the survivors of hate crimes, whether they are individuals or marginalised communities. We must celebrate and value the wonderful diversity we are fortunate enough to have in our country.

I support National Hate Crime Awareness Week. We all have a duty to challenge hatred and I will always speak out wherever and whenever I see abuse and discrimination. I say to those who seek to divide society with fear and intolerance – not on our streets, not in our communities, not anywhere.

Bell Ribeiro-Addy Member of Parliament

Bell Ribeiro-Addy Member of Parliament

“The number of hate crimes recorded in England and Wales reached a record high of more than 124,091 in the 12 months to March 2021. This may partly reflect improved reporting capacity and confidence to report hate crime among members of the public. However, the sustained increase in recent years lays bare the ugly truth that too many people in our country still face hatred simply because of who they are. It’s hard to overstate the impact these kind of attacks can have on their victims and the emotional, psychological, economic ramifications they entail.

We should also acknowledge that politicians and other commentators in positions of power or prominence have too often used their platform in a way that has the effect of encouraging hatred rather than extinguishing it. Nobody should face hatred because of who they are and whatever our political beliefs, politicians and commentators must always be cognisant of the effects of their words. There can be no justification for discriminatory policy agendas or inflammatory rhetoric that whip up prejudice towards minoritised social groups.

On National Hate Crime Awareness Week we condemn all hate crime, wherever it occurs and whoever the perpetrators are. It’s absolutely vital that we work to build lasting community cohesion and work to improve confidence around reporting hate crime – particularly among communities that feel alienated from the police.”

Ben Lake MP Ceredigion

Ben Lake MP Ceredigion

“We have a strong community here in Ceredigion; enriched by diversity and our tradition of standing together in the face of adversity.

Nevertheless, our county is not immune from hate crime and abuse, which has a devastating impact on victims, families and communities. We all have a part to play in challenging it and to confront prejudice, as everyone should be able to live their lives freely without fear of being threatened or attacked.

I stand in solidarity with all victims of hate crimes and fully endorse the aims and objectives of the National Hate Crimes Awareness Week 2022.”

Dame Caroline Dinenage DBE MP

Dame Caroline Dinenage DBE MP

“Hate crime is a very significant problem in our society, affecting our ability to feel safe and exercise our freedoms. I am supporting National Hate Crime Awareness week this year because I believe greater cooperation between police and government authorities, the charitable sector and affected communities will help to irradicate hate crime from our society forever.”

Elliot Colburn MP for Carshalton and Wallington

Elliot Colburn MP for Carshalton and Wallington

“I am proud to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week and thank all those involved in supporting efforts to eradicate hate crime.

“Hate crime has no place in our society and discrimination based on who they are, what they look like or what they believe in should always be unacceptable.

“I hope that we will see a new Action Plan in place very soon in order to redouble our efforts to encourage victims to come forward, as well as supporting colleagues in the third sector in order to continue working to educate and help others to encourage awareness and action.”

Henry Smith MP for Crawley

Henry Smith MP for Crawley

“Hate is corrosive to our society and must have no place in our country.”

Hywel Williams MP

Hywel Williams MP

We have a strong community here in north Wales, enriched by diversity and our tradition of standing together in the face of adversity. The vast majority of our community treat each other with dignity and respect. We should all continue to challenge the small minority who don’t and strive to reform organisations which, usually by default, continue to enable hate messages to be spread and promoted. Everyone should be free to live their lives without fear of persecution regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or because they are transgender. I stand in solidarity with all victims of hate crimes and fully endorse the aims and objectives of the National Hate Crimes Awareness Week.

Kate Green Member of Parliament for Stretford and Urmston

There is no place for hate crime in our society. I am proud to represent a diverse community in Stretford and Urmston, and want to see everyone in our community treated with respect. I would encourage anyone who has experienced hate crime to report it. The Labour Party will take hate crime seriously and bring in tougher, fairer hate crime laws so that every category of hate crime is treated as an aggravated offence. 

Kim Leadbeater MP Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen

Kim Leadbeater MP Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen

“My family and the community here in the constituency of Batley and Spen know just how devastating the consequences of hate crime can be. Victims and their loved ones will often never recover fully from the impact of such acts.

I fully support Hate Crime Awareness Week and join in remembering those we have lost and those who need our ongoing support. The work of helping to educate future generations to prevent further hate crimes has never been more important.” 

Sarah Champion MP Member of Parliament for Rotherham

Sarah Champion MP Member of Parliament for Rotherham

Hate crime has no place in Rotherham or in the UK. I have always been proud of Rotherham’s rich diversity and the strong ties between our communities. 

National Hate Crime Awareness Week is an valuable opportunity to shine a light on this awful crime and to highlight the tireless work of local and national organisations to foster better understanding between communities, to empower marginalised voices and to support victims of hate crime. 

We must stand together in the face of those who would seek to divide us.

Liz Saville Roberts MP Member of Parliament

Liz Saville Roberts MP Member of Parliament

We have a strong community here in Dwyfor Meirionnydd, north Wales; enriched by diversity and our tradition of standing together in the face of adversity. The vast majority of our community treat each other with dignity and respect. We should all continue to challenge the small minority who don’t and strive to reform organisations which, usually by default, continue to enable hate messages to be spread and promoted. Everyone should be free to live their lives without fear of persecution regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or because they are transgender. I stand in solidarity with all victims of hate crimes and fully endorse the aims and objectives of the National Hate Crimes Awareness Week 2022

Dr Philippa Whitford MP Member of Parliament for Central Ayrshire

Dr Philippa Whitford MP Member of Parliament for Central Ayrshire

Discrimination and bigotry, whether on the basis of race, religion, disability or sexual orientation, creates a pernicious atmosphere of intolerence and hatred which opresses and isolates individuals and tears apart communities.

As politicians, we have a duty to keep hate out of debate and ensure our own discourse is temperate, particularly when debating with those with who we vehemently disagree.

Marsha de Cordova MP Member of Parliament for Battersea

Marsha de Cordova MP Member of Parliament for Battersea

I stand in support and solidarity with victims of hate crime.

As a lifelong campaigner, I have always advocated for a fair, equal and inclusive society regardless of an individual’s race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, religion/belief.  We all have a right to be treated with dignity and respect.

The government have failed to ensure that all victims of hate crime are treated the same under the law. A Labour government is committed to removing inequalities in the legal system so that every category of hate crime will be treated as an aggravated offence. This will mean that perpetrators of disability and anti-LGBT+ hate will receive longer sentences like those people who have been convicted of hate on the grounds of racial and religious hostility.

I am proud to represent Battersea in Parliament where pluralism is valued, and diversity is as an asset.

Martyn Day MP, Linlithgow and East Falkirk Constituency

Martyn Day MP, Linlithgow and East Falkirk Constituency

“Hate Crime, or prejudice in any form, is completely unacceptable. That is why I Stand Together Against Hate and support National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NationalHCAW 2022.

“Education is key to raising awareness about Hate Crime and what can be done to prevent it. It is an extremely distressing and damaging form of criminality that threatens community cohesion.

”Tackling hate crime and prejudice should be a priority for governments, police, and local authorities. We must all work together with communities to eradicate it.”

Nadia Whittome MP, Member of Parliament for Nottingham East

Nadia Whittome MP, Member of Parliament for Nottingham East

Before I became an MP, I was a hate crime worker, so I have seen the devastating impact these crimes can have on victims and the wider community. We need to listen to those communities most affected by hate crime, and ensure that we build trust and support as we seek to tackle it.

We all have a part to play in challenging oppression and hatred. For those of us in politics or the media, it is particularly important that we lead by example, by tackling discrimination in our own ranks and being conscious the impact of our words and actions.

Peter Dowd MP for Bootle

Peter Dowd MP for Bootle

“Hate crime can be a very isolating and frightening experience for those affected, with long-term implications on the victims’ mental health. It is based on ignorance and has no place in our society. It is vital that we ensure to challenge bigoted beliefs and everyday prejudices, that can often lead to hate crime, at every opportunity.

I support the campaign by National Hate Crime Awareness Week to ensure greater cooperation between the institutions of our country, namely, Parliament, the Police and Local Government, to effectively tackle hate crime as a priority.

In this day and age, people should be able to embrace their identity or culture, without fear of becoming a target.”

Preet Kaur Gill Member of Parliament for Birmingham, Edgbaston

She supports the National Hate Crime Awareness Week. She is particularly concerned by the 169% increase in hate crime against Sikh people. 

Wayne David MP for Caerphilly in South Wales

She supports the National Hate Crime Awareness Week. She is particularly concerned by the 169% increase in hate crime against Sikh people.

Wayne David MP for Caerphilly in South Wales

“I would like to add my support for National Hate Crime Awareness Week to the statements already made by the Leader of the Opposition, other Members of Parliament and many respected local government representatives. I find it deeply concerning that recent Home Office data points out an increase of 26% in hate crime in England and Wales. No-one should ever be targeted for their race, faith, sexuality or disability. It is the duty of elected members to ensure strong laws are in place to protect those affected by hate crime, and we need to ensure the police and local authorities have the means to investigate and tackle instances of hate crime, as well as provide support for victims”.

Welsh Assembly Members

Jack Sargeant MS, Member of the Senedd for Alyn and Deeside

Jack Sargeant MS, Member of the Senedd for Alyn and Deeside

“National Hate Crime Awareness Week enables us to highlight the importance of tackling hate crime. Nobody should be targeted for simply being who they are.

I commit to using my role to challenge and educate and to work towards a hate crime free Alyn and Deeside.”

Natasha Asghar MS, Member of the Senedd for South East Wales

Natasha Asghar MS, Member of the Senedd for South East Wales

As Member of the Welsh Parliament for South East Wales, I am proud to be supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
 
Hate crime is completely unacceptable in today’s society and anything we can do to stamp it out must be welcomed with open arms.
 
My region of South East Wales is incredibly diverse and everyone should be able to live their lives freely without fear of being threatened or attacked.
 
We all have a role to play in tackling hate crime and I will continue to work with my parliamentary colleagues, the police, and groups across South East Wales to end hate crime.
 
I would strongly urge anyone who is a victim of hate crime to report it to the police.
 
There is no place for hate of any sort in Wales – or the rest of the world for that matter.

Paul Davies MS, Member of the Senedd for Preseli Pembrokeshire

Paul Davies MS, Member of the Senedd for Preseli Pembrokeshire

There is no place for hate in Preseli Pembrokeshire or anywhere else and I stand with those working to fight injustice and bring our communities together. People must feel empowered to report incidents of hate crime and governments at all levels must do more to priorities this issue.

We must stand together and call out hate crime – only together can we make a difference.”

Rebecca Evans MS, Member of the Senedd for Gower

Rebecca Evans MS, Member of the Senedd for Gower

As long as people are targeted for being who they are, for the colour of their skin, their gender, their sexuality, for being disabled, or for their faith, the annual National Hate Crime Awareness Week will remain important.

There is no place for hate crime in Gower or anywhere else. Gower is world-renowned as place of peace and beauty. But even in this most wonderful part of Wales there are people who live in fear of being a victim of hate crime, and others who are living as survivors of hate crime. I commit again to using my role to help tackle these crimes, which are damaging and dangerous – and at worse deadly.

Sioned Williams AS/MS

Sioned Williams AS/MS

As Plaid Cymru’s Spokesperson on Social Justice and Equalities, I fully support the National Hate Crime Awareness Week campaign, which is an important opportunity to highlight that there is much work to be done to eradicate the causes and harms of all forms of prejudice. 

Hate crime has been increasing in Wales and the number has more than doubled since 2012-13 and  a majority of those hate crimes were racist hate crimes. We need to see action and change if we are to ensure that there is no space in our politics, in our media, in our workplaces or in our institutions for ideologies that bring forward prejudice and inequality.

Plaid Cymru is proud to have been part of the work of forging the Welsh Government’s new Anti-Racist Action Plan through our Co-operation Agreement with the Government.

For Wales and the UK to be free of that hatred which scars, oppresses and defers dreams, we must recognise that it is not enough to ensure that the structural racism that exists in our society is eliminated, we must stop it from taking root in the first place.

Coretta Scott King famously said:

“It doesn’t matter how strong your opinions are. If you don’t use your power for positive change, you are indeed part of the problem.”

To truly tackle the hate and injustice that plagues, hampers, oppresses and shames our society, and the systems which permit this, we must be united in using the power we have to take the power we need to do so.

Scottish Parliament

Monica Lennon Member Scottish Parliament

Monica Lennon Member Scottish Parliament

“A staggering number of hate crimes are reported every year in Scotland along with countless others which unfortunately go unreported.

Hate crime is unacceptable and has no place in any community. Raising public awareness of hate crimes, our legal rights and how to report a crime is key in tackling this issue. Nobody should feel threatened or scared because of their identity and those who do experience hate crime should feel empowered to report it. Everyone deserves the right to protection and safety.

Tackling hate crime requires a collaborative approach from the Scottish Government, Police Scotland, local councils and communities to promote prevention. I would like to thank those behind the NationalHCAW for their ongoing commitment to this important issue.”

London Assembly

Andrew Boff – Member of the London Assembly

Andrew Boff – Member of the London Assembly

Ignorance and prejudice are the parents of hate and, regrettably, will always be with us. It’s vital, therefore, that Hope not Hate continues its work to challenge and educate those that seek to divide us.

Anne Clarke AM – London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden

Anne Clarke AM – London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden

Hate is corrosive to society and to individuals. Only through education and working together can we irradicate this scour on our society. It is heartening to see so many standing together against hate.

Caroline Russell AM – London Assembly Member

Caroline Russell AM – London Assembly Member

“In a city with inclusive values like London, no one should be discriminated against on the basis of their disability, faith, gender identity, race, or sexual orientation. We must challenge hate crime wherever we encounter it in everyday life, and I will continue doing so on behalf of all Londoners.”

Caroline Pidgeon AM London Assembly Member – Londonwide

Caroline Pidgeon AM London Assembly Member – Londonwide

“London welcomes people from all communities, and they make a huge contribution to this diverse global city.

Difference, diversity and inclusion should be respected and celebrated, but we have seen a shocking rise in hate crime in our capital.

The impact of hate crime on communities and individuals is just devastating and more must be done to support victims and to tackle this type of crime.”

Susan Hall AM, Chairman of the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee

Susan Hall AM, Chairman of the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee

Hate crime has no place in our city and our society. The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee stands united against hate crime and in solidarity with those who face utterly unacceptable discrimination and abuse.

We are proud to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week and the hope it gives to those affected by prejudice and intolerance. Our strength is in our diversity and we will continue to urge Londoners to call out hatred whenever they see it.

Unmesh Desai AM London Assembly Member for City and East (covering Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Tower Hamlets and the City of London).

Unmesh Desai AM London Assembly Member for City and East (covering Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Tower Hamlets and the City of London).

In support of National Hate Crime Awareness Week, Labour’s London Assembly Policing and Crime Spokesperson, Unmesh Desai AM, said:

“My colleagues and I stand against hate in all its forms. Hate crime is a scourge, whether it appears online, on the streets, at sporting events or in the workplace and it is imperative we do all we can to stamp it out.

“We are proud of London’s diverse cultural heritage and wholeheartedly offer support to National Hate Crime Awareness Week and the work they do bringing attention to the hate and discrimination that sadly still exists in parts of our society.

“It is important to remember the victims of the many atrocities that have blighted our city’s history as we continue to support those who need it now.

“We can only defeat hate by working together. The more Londoners we reach with this message, the stronger we will be in our fight against hate in the future.”

Cllr Nesil Caliskan – Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board

“Hate crime is abhorrent and has a long lasting impact on the wellbeing of residents and community cohesion. Nobody should be targeted with abuse and intimidation. As the number of recorded hate crimes increase, including those against elected representatives, it’s vital that the Government comes together with councils, key partners and communities to tackle this issue and send a clear message that abuse will not be tolerated.”

Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Hamza Taouzzale

Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Hamza Taouzzale

As the Lord Mayor of Westminster, I am proud to fully support Hate Crime Awareness Week. I welcome the opportunity to raise awareness of hate crime and highlight the great work of local and national organisations offering help and support to those affected. As a society we need to improve; hate crime has no place in our society.

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 feel safe and welcome whatever their religion, race, sexual orientation or identity, or disability.

I would like to thank the team for raising the awareness of this issue.

Cllr Adam Hug, Leader of Westminster Council

Cllr Adam Hug, Leader of Westminster Council

National Hate Crime Awareness Week is an important opportunity for us to show solidarity with those affected by hate crimes and incidents, and to demonstrate our support in ridding our society of prejudice, discrimination, and hate. I am proud to be supporting NationalHCAW alongside many local government colleagues across the country.

Westminster must be a City for everyone, no matter their race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or disability and we want to ensure that everyone who lives, works and studies here, can go about their day freely and without fear. As a host to protests almost every weekend of the year, we know how important it is that people feel safe and can participate in our democracy without fear of retribution or intolerance.

We encourage people who are subjected to, or witness harmful or hateful in the borough, to please report it to the Police and seek help from our community partners. The impacts can be devastating on individuals and their families and we are here to offer to support where possible. This council will continue to celebrate our diverse communities and our differences. There is not, and never will be, a place for hateful behaviour in Westminster.

Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, Cllr Faruk Choudhury.

Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, Cllr Faruk Choudhury

“In Barking and Dagenham, something we do not stand for is hatred towards each other and it is what we will always fight against.

Hate Awareness Week is so important as no one should suffer in silence. We have to make sure that people know to report these crimes as we cannot let those who commit them, get away with it.”

Deputy Mayor of Barnet Cllr. Nagus Narenthira

Deputy Mayor of Barnet Cllr. Nagus Narenthira

It is very appropriate to declare a hate crime awareness week and raise awareness among wider public about this kind of crime. Hate crime is the nastiest of crimes and those who are in the receiving end can go through all sorts of emotions. Sadly, it has led to people taking their lives as a result of this. Detecting the presence of hate crime is difficult because only a minority suffer from it and sometimes, they do not come forward to report it due to fear of further consequences. We can help the general public to look out for signs and symptoms so that the victims could be helped at a very early stage, and this can prevent more severe consequences.

I welcome this event and praise the organisers in inviting dignitaries who will spread the message among the communities that hate crime would not be tolerated.

Councillor Sue Gower MBE, Bexley Cabinet Member for Communities

Councillor Sue Gower MBE, Bexley Cabinet Member for Communities

“Bexley is proud to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2022, which helps raise awareness of hate crime and encourages us all to take a stand against it. 

It is completely unacceptable to target someone because of their race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or because of some other hatred or prejudice for someone’s identity. We have seen the terrible impact that this has on victims. Bexley seeks to be a diverse and welcoming community, where everybody is equal and free from hate. 

This year, we have commissioned Stop Hate UK to provide direct and experienced support and signposting to anyone who has been targeted with hate, and we will continue to work with our partners and the community to tackle it. By working together, we can support victims and let them know that, in Bexley there is no place for hate.”

Mayor of Camden Councillor Nasim Ali, OBE

Mayor of Camden Councillor Nasim Ali, OBE

“Here in Camden we’re proud to support Hate Crime Awareness Week and to reaffirm our commitment to a safe, strong and equal Camden.

Hate Crime Awareness Week is important as it gives us an opportunity to raise awareness of hate crimes and incidents, and to help residents recognise and report them.

It’s also a chance for us to highlight and signpost people to the wide range of support available. Hate crime is a crime that understandably can have deep emotional and physical impacts and we work with a wide range of partners and communities to be there for anyone who has experienced or witnessed hate crime or discrimination.

We stand in solidarity with all those affected by hate crimes, discrimination and prejudice. If you have been the victim of a hate crime, please do look into and access the support that’s available – we’re here for you.

Nobody should be targeted for who they are or what they believe in. This Hate Crime Awareness Week, we’re proud to stand alongside other local authorities, partners and organisations against hate and division and to declare that there is no place for hate in our borough and in this country.”

Cllr Ola Kolade, Croydon Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety

Cllr Ola Kolade Cabinet Member for Community Safety

‘We recognize that hate crime is a concern for our residents in Croydon, we want to encourage everyone to report hate crime, either to the police or if you don’t feel safe to third party organisations. We will work with communities and charities to raise awareness of hate crime and reduce incidents in Croydon’.

Cllr Ria Patel – Fairfield, Croydon. Equalities and Diversity Spokesperson for The Green Party of England and Wales. LGBTIQA+ Greens Co-Chair

Cllr Ria Patel – Fairfield, Croydon. Equalities and Diversity Spokesperson for The Green Party of England and Wales. LGBTIQA+ Greens Co-Chair

No one should face discrimination on the basis of race, gender identity, disability, faith or sexual orientation. The deep harm that hate crimes cause individually and within communities should not be tolerated. We all have a collective responsibility to challenge bigotry when we see it and those in all levels of government have a particular responsibility to make this a priority, working with communities.

Deputy Mayor of Ealing Cllr Hitesh Tailor

Today’s Act of Hope and Remembrance against Hate Crime at St Pauls Cathedral is a reminder of the impact hate crime has on anyone who experiences it. 

Hate crime of any kind, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or faith/beliefs has no place in our society.

Cllr. Susan Fajana-Thomas, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Regulatory Services

Cllr. Susan Fajana-Thomas – Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Regulatory Services

Statement on behalf of Hackney Council

“Hackney is a borough which prides itself on the diversity of our communities and visitors.

We want to ensure our borough is safe for all and protect our residents from the minority who behave in an anti-social way, committing hate crimes or incidents

I am proud to highlight the fantastic work we will be doing during the upcoming National Hate Crime Awareness Week (NationalHCAW) to tackle hate crimes and hate incidents. We have a range of community events and activities to raise awareness and support those who may have unfortunately suffered as victims of hate crime, as well as to encourage others to come forward. Hackney is No Place for Hate, and we remain committed to working with all our communities and partners to make sure our residents and visitors feel safe”

Hackney Council has supported the #NationalHCAW campaign and the work of the 17-24-30 National Hate Crime Awareness Week organisation over the years.

This year we will be participating, and I have listed below our activities during the week in recognition and support of the campaign. 

I will be attending the annual Act of Hope and Remembrance for those affected by hate crime at St Paul’s Cathedral on 9th October 2022 with the Speaker of Hackney, Cllr Humaria Garasia, on behalf of the Council.

Activities during  NationalHCAW

During NationalHCAW, we will create opportunities for our communities and visitors to speak directly to our staff and police partners, share information about hate incidents and crimes, and listen to their experiences. Discussions are ongoing, with British Transport Police and TfL, for these to be broadcast at Hackney Central and Hackney Downs stations. 

We will also be able to share information as to where and how to report a hate incident or crime. As well as offer general safety advice and distribute items, such as safety alarms. These events will also be supported by our partner organisations, police, Hackney Youth Futures, Choice in Hackney, CATCH, and others. 

Mayor of Haringey Cllr Gina Adamou

Mayor of Haringey Cllr Gina Adamou

“I am proud to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week. There is no place for hate in Haringey or anywhere else, and I stand in solidarity with all communities who find themselves subject to hatred and abuse. Our diverse communities are one of our greatest assets here in Haringey, and as Mayor I stand fully behind the work that the council, voluntary organisations and faith groups are doing in partnership to bring our communities together.”

Cllr Adam Jogee, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Jobs and Community Cohesion Haringey Council

Cllr Adam Jogee, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Jobs and Community Cohesion Haringey Council

“I am so proud that Haringey is one of the most diverse and vibrant communities in our country. Our diversity is our greatest strength and enriches all of our lives, so there is absolutely no place for those who seek to tear our communities apart with hatred and bigotry.

“Community cohesion forms a key part of my brief as a member of the cabinet, so I am delighted that the council is coming together with our stakeholders and partners to deliver a programme of activities for National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

“Together we are sending a strong message that hate crime will not be tolerated anywhere in Haringey, not now and not ever.”

Mayor of Hounslow Cllr Raghwinder Siddhu

Mayor of Hounslow Cllr Raghwinder Siddhu

On behalf of the council and residents of Hounslow, I am very happy to support this year’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Hounslow is a borough with an incredibly diverse community, and we come together as one to celebrate our differences. We are committed to creating and maintaining a tolerant and cohesive community, without fear of prejudice.

Hate crime is a serious crime.  We need to stand together to fight against this prejudice by providing more opportunities for community engagement, building neighbourhoods in the true spirit of being ‘neighbourly’, and encouraging everyone to challenge hate crime and report it.

We are committed to tackling hate crime. We work closely with a range of local and national partners in order to protect those at risk, support those who have been victimised and clearly demonstrate that hate crime will not be tolerated.

No one should be threatened or attacked for simply being who they are, and we will continue to stand together against any acts of hatred, not just in Hounslow, but everywhere.

Cllr John Woolf – Islington Council’s Executive Member for Community Safety

Cllr John Woolf – Islington Council’s Executive Member for Community Safety

As the Executive Member for Community Safety at Islington Council, I am pleased to be supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week and want to thank all those involved for their ongoing work tackling this evil.

Islington is a proudly diverse borough, home to people from all faiths, nationalities and backgrounds, and hate crime has absolutely no place in our community. Even just one hate crime is one too many. Like a disease, hate crime is contagious – spreading fear and trauma into our communities, making our streets feel less safe for many. No one should live in fear of persecution and Islington Council, alongside our numerous partners, stands united against hate crime in all its pernicious forms.

We are working hard to make our streets safer for all, including through our Safe Haven scheme, which lets people know a place of refuge is nearby, signposting victims to support services, promoting our Hate Crime Pledge, partnership working with Islington’s Hate Crime Forum, among others, and encouraging individuals to report hate crimes.

We condemn all hate crime. We stand in solidarity with all victims. And we proudly support the aims of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Cllr Claire Holland, Leader of Lambeth Council

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“We are proud to be supporting NationalHCAW during National Hate Crime Awareness Week as part of our ongoing efforts to raise awareness and reporting of hate crime across the borough.

“We’ll be holding stalls in support of this campaign on the South Bank, in Clapham, Brixton and Streatham to re-enforce the message that hate crime has no place in our borough, with council staff joining volunteers and police from our local neighbourhood teams on hand to talk to local people about their experiences and to give support.”

Mayor of Richmond Upon Thames  Cllr Julia Cambridge

Mayor of Richmond Upon Thames  Cllr Julia Cambridge

Statement to follow.

Mayor of Sutton Cllr Trish Fivey

Mayor of Sutton Cllr Trish Fivey

On behalf of the London Borough of Sutton I would like to offer my support by highlighting National Hate Crime Awareness Week in Sutton.

We are proud to be working in partnership to deliver a series of public events for this year’s Hate Crime Awareness Week from 10th October 2022.

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. 

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman

“This National Hate Crime Awareness Week, we must unite against hatred and fear. Everyone has the right to live without fear of persecution for their religion, sexual orientation, disability or race.

“Hate crimes have no place in our society and in Tower Hamlets we are taking steps to eradicate it, by once again highlighting our No Place for Hate campaign. This includes encouraging businesses, organisations and individuals to sign our pledge against hate crime, which means they will ensure events taking place at their premises do not promote any form of hate; monitor and report incidents of hate crime; and train staff on how to recognise hate crimes and what action they should take if they see it; among a number of other promises.

“We also have No Place for Hate champions who are trained to provide hate crime awareness support and advice and we will be holding events, including a peace walk and football match, to raise awareness of hate crimes and show that it will not be tolerated in our community.”

To sign the No Place for Hate Pledge, please visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/npfh-pledge

Cllr Karen Bellamy Mayor of Waltham Forest

Cllr Karen Bellamy Mayor of Waltham Forest

It is without hesitation that I offer my full support – and that of Waltham Forest Council – to National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2022. 

One does not need to spend much time in Waltham Forest to truly appreciate the sheer scope of diversity that exists here in our borough. 

It’s fitting that our Black History Month celebrations are already well underway, and our black community’s role in making up the cultural fabric in Waltham Forest is one that cannot be overstated. The same could be said of each and every one of our vibrant communities. 

Tackling hate crime has been such a major focus for our Council – from our Bystander Intervention Training empowering residents and businesses to tackle intolerance and hate, to our support for Solace Women’s Aid in assisting victims of domestic violence. 

I wish you the greatest success for this year’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week and I am sure that working together we can not only pursue justice for the victims of hate crime, but also eliminate the underlying drivers that cause it. 

Cllr Khevyn Limbajee Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Waltham Forest Council

Cllr Khevyn Limbajee Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Waltham Forest Council

“We know hate crimes can tragically destroy lives.  

“All of us in public life have a duty to challenge discrimination, abuse and hatred that make up hate crime.

“We should go beyond this and challenge the underlying attitudes that motivate hate crime in our society. By tackling those attitudes and structures that support them we can make hate crime a thing of the past.  

“Waltham Forest Council offers its unwavering support for National Hate Crime Awareness Week. 

“We will continue to tackle it with programmes such as our Bystander Intervention Training which represent just one of the many ways we are working to empower residents and businesses to be part of the solution.

“Our strength comes from our diversity. Each and every person in our society deserves to live a life free of discrimination or abuse.”

Cllr Vicky Ashworth, Cabinet Member for Jobs Social Inclusions and Equalities

Cllr Vicky Ashworth, Cabinet Member for Jobs Social Inclusions and Equalities

“Racist abuse and hate crime have no place in Waltham Forest and that’s why we’re offering our full support for National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

“October’s Black History Month celebrations remind us of the true scope of diversity in our society and the value that all our communities bring.    

“As difficult times work to divide us, I am confident that Waltham Forest will lead by example and come together, united in our rejection of intolerance and hate.”

Cllr Sara Conway, Chair of the Safer Communities Partnership Board, Barnet Council

Cllr Sara Conway, Chair of the Safer Communities Partnership Board, Barnet Council

Barnet Council supports the work of National Hate Crime Awareness Week. We will be joining Mencap and the police to host several events across the Borough under the campaign “Barnet Say No to Hate Crime, Speak Up, Get Support, Report it!”  

Hate Crime reporting stands will be held in a range of public areas, where we will be speaking to members of the public about identifying Hate Crime and how it can be reported. We will be sharing information about our Hate Crime Reporting Centres and encouraging people to sign up to become a Hate Crime Reporting Champion, with a pledge to report Hate Crime if they witness it.

Our key aims will be to promote the Barnet Safe Places Scheme, awareness of existing and new reporting centres, and to encourage more businesses to volunteer to have trained staffed to confidently support vulnerable people who may seek refuge in their premises.

There should be no place for hate.

Chris Hayward, Policy Chairman at the City of London Corporation

Chris Hayward, Policy Chairman at the City of London Corporation

“There is simply no place in our society for any form of hate crime. London and the Square Mile are more diverse than ever, and we must stand together to celebrate our differences. Anyone who witnesses or experiences abusive behaviour should report it to the police immediately.”

Cllr Jocelyn Law – Colchester

Cllr Jocelyn Law – Colchester

As a Hate Crime Awareness Ambassador, I fully support National Hate Crime Awareness Week. Inclusive communities are stronger communities where all people & their contributions are valued & appreciated.

Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire, and Alison Lowe OBE, West Yorkshire Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.

Alison Lowe OBE, West Yorkshire Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime and Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire

“We stand together in support of Hate Crime Awareness Week, side by side with all those who challenge hate.

“Together with West Yorkshire Police and our partners, we are committed to an equal, just and inclusive West Yorkshire, where everyone can live safely and freely. No one should ever be a victim of hate crime because of their disability, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation or because of how they choose to dress.

“Our pledge to support victims and target perpetrators remains as strong as ever as we continue to champion diversity and root out hate crime in our communities.”

The Right Hon. The Lord Provost of Glasgow Cllr Jacqueline McLaren

The Right Hon. The Lord Provost of Glasgow Cllr Jacqueline McLaren


“Hate crime has no place in Glasgow – it will not be tolerated and people must feel empowered to report it.

Glasgow City Council employs a Hate Crime Policy Officer and works closely with Police Scotland and other partners to educate people about hate crime all year round. As part of that work, we are supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week to increase understanding of exactly what constitutes a hate crime and encouraging more victims to come forward.

We know hate crime is still greatly under-reported and that people are sometimes unaware that they have been victims of a crime. Yet this type of abuse can have a major, long-lasting impact on people – attacking their very identity and eroding their sense of self-worth.

To address this, during Hate Crime Awareness Week, we have launched a new campaign highlighting the issue both on social media and at events citywide. It is running in several languages including BSL.

Importantly, we are also targeting the city’s younger generations by running Hate Crime Awareness workshops and a poster competition for both primary and secondary school pupils. These are aimed at educating them about the issue and ensuring they are equipped with all the information they need to stand up to Hate Crime if they witness it, or are a victim, at any stage in their lives. Training is being provided for council employees and volunteer ambassadors recruited amongst the workforce.

By working on several fronts, we hope to educate and empower people – making it clear that victims do not need to suffer in silence. Incidents can, and should be, reported in the firm knowledge that they will be treated sensitively and seriously.

We are also sending out a clear message to perpetrators that – this is our city. It belongs to everyone who lives here. Glasgow’s proud slogan is People Make Glasgow and that means all people. Diversity is welcome – hate crime is not.”

Dr Yeow Poon -Chair, Campaign Against Racism Group, Honorary President, Chinese Liberal Democrats, Chair, Chinese Community Centre – Birmingham, President, England China Business Forum, Chair, Arts in the Yard, Trustee, Chinese Welfare Trust

Dr Yeow Poon – Chair Campaign Against Racism Group

When the Covid-19 pandemic began early in 2020, racism and hate crime against people of Chinese, East and Southeast Asian heritage began to spike. The impact was also noticeable in Chinatowns across the country as businesses reported reduced numbers of customers. Then as the pandemic spread in the UK, we noted that the mainstream press was mostly using images of Chinese people in masks in Covid-19 news reports, even when the articles had nothing to do with China or any other East Asian countries. There was also misinformation around wet markets and Chinese eating habits.

CARG (Covid-19 Anti-Racism Group) was established in April 2020 by a group of concerned UK citizens who felt strongly that the media was either inadvertently or knowingly stoking racism and hate crime against Chinese looking people by the indiscriminate use of images. In 2022, we renamed CARG as Campaign Against Racism Group to tackle the broader institutional racism embedded in the UK justice system and in the school curriculum. 

CARG wants to develop long term policy and institutional change through engagement and collaboration with others, not just within the British East and Southeast Asian communities. CARG believes that it is important to stand in solidarity and work with other minority groups, as well as supportive statutory organisations and businesses, in the fight against racism and hate crimes, as institutional and systemic racism affects all of us.

Hence, CARG fully supports the work of #NationalHCAW and is honoured to be part of the 2022 National Hate Crime Awareness Week. We are thankful that the National Candle of Hope and Remembrance will be lit in memory of victims of Race Hate Crime experienced by the East and Southeast Asian communities. CARG will work closely with #NationalHCAW in the next 12 months to further develop the theme “We Stand Together Against Racism”.

http://www.carguk.com/

UK Police and Crime Commissioners

Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire Festus Akinbusoye

Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire Festus Akinbusoye

“Prejudice, hate and discrimination have absolutely no place in our society.

“No one should be targeted because of who they are, what they look like or what they believe in.

“Hate crime awareness week is a chance to remind us all of that and renew our commitment to being an inclusive and tolerant society.”

John Dwyer Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire

John Dwyer Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire

National Hate Crime Awareness Week Statement

Hate Crime is abhorrent and has no place in our communities. I am so pleased to be supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week, to show that #WeStandTogether and that I am committed to doing all I can to support victims of hate crime.

I have been running a Hate Crime Survey over the summer to gather the public’s knowledge and experience of hate crime. It will be running until Friday 28 October and it would be great to get people’s views at

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/hatecrimesurvey2022

By working together, we can tackle and reduce hate crime in our communities and ensure that they are a #SafePlaceForAll.

I want to encourage people to report hate crime, and there are various ways to do so. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to the police, reports can also be made to third-party reporting centres which are organised by charities and other organisations. Their details are available on the Cheshire Police website.

You can report hate crime to Cheshire Police directly either online, via 101 or by calling 999 in an emergency.

www.cheshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/hco/hate-crime/how-to-report-hate-crime

You can also report an incident through True Vision: www.report-it.org.uk

David Sidwick – Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner

The new Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, David Sidwick Picture: Finnbarr Webster

“I am proud to support National Hate Crime Awareness week. Having previously spoken with victims of hate crime, I know the detrimental impact it can have. So, I will continue to raise awareness, ensure that Dorset Police are given more specialist training on the subject and work with partners to encourage better levels of reporting and make reporting easier for victims.”

James Thomson, Chair of the London Police Authority Board

James Thomson, Chair of the London Police Authority Board

“We stand united with our partners to send a unified message: discrimination is completely unacceptable in our communities.

“Nobody should feel worried about becoming a victim or made to feel uncomfortable because of who they are.

“We want people to know that all reports – be it for verbal or physical – will be taken seriously by police and that hate crime has no place in London or in the Square Mile.”

Bev Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Police and Fire, in Greater Manchester

Bev Hughes, Deputy Mayor for Police and Fire, in Greater Manchester

“We stand together with people affected by hate crime.

“No-one should suffer fear or abuse because of who they are.

“We pledge to do more to identify hate crime, to support victims in reporting incidents and to respond so it doesn’t happen again.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert

Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert

“Gwent should be a place where people can live and work without fear. Hate crime of any kind will not be tolerated here.

“It is a horrible, complex offence and can leave victims dealing with physical and emotional damage for many years. It is unacceptable in a civilized society. 

“I am working with Gwent Police to improve the reporting of hate crimes by victims and in recent years the reported number of hate crimes has increased significantly. I will continue to work with the Chief Constable to ensure that victims of hate crime in Gwent receive the best possible service from their police force.

“If you are the victim of a hate crime, or you know some who is, then I would urge you to report it.”

Emily Spurrell Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside

New Police Crime Commissioner Emily Spurrell. Pictures Jason Roberts

Many thanks for your email, dated 6th September. I am pleased to once again voice my 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, and the UK as a whole, 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.

As Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside, I am committed to raising awareness of this insidious and harmful crime and encouraging anyone affected to speak out.

I am proud to continue funding the independent national charity Stop Hate UK to provide a 24-hour helpline service for all victims of hate crime across Merseyside. This service is not designed to replace reporting directly to Merseyside Police when a hate crime is committed, but it does provide an alternative for anyone who is not comfortable speaking to the police. This service gives people a safe and independent place to talk about their experience and to explore their options to take matters further.

The number of venues where individuals can get help to report a hate crime in a safe environment continues to grow in our region. These third party reporting centres can be identified by a ‘red hand logo’. Anywhere people see this sign, they should know they can go inside, talk to the staff in confidence and get help.

 We know the effects of hate crime on those who are targeted can be particularly long term and devastating. Sadly, we also know that if hate-fuelled attitudes are not tackled at an early stage they can escalate and lead to very serious crime. That’s why I have funded three specialist services to offer support and assistance to anyone affected.

These services are broken down by strand, focusing on hate crime motivated by race and religion, disability and LGBTI-related hate crime. Provided by three fantastic local providers – the Anthony Walker Foundation, Daisy Inclusive UK and Citizens’ Advice Liverpool respectively – they offer a focused and coordinated response for all victims of hate crimes to get the on-going care and support they need.

For Hate Crime Awareness Week 2022 my team have worked with our community safety partners to organise a range of hate crime walkabouts across Merseyside focused on tackling hate crime and encouraging anyone affected by hate and prejudice to report it and seek help. These events will promote Stop Hate UK and my commissioned victim support services to ensure victims know they are not alone.

Crimes motivated by hate have no place in our communities. I look forward to supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week again this year and continuing the work to ensure all our citizens can live free from fear. Together we must create a society where everyone is welcomed, valued and safe.

Deputy Mayor for Policing And Crime Sophie Linden

Deputy Mayor for Policing And Crime Sophie Linden

“As the Deputy Mayor for Policing And Crime for London, I’m delighted once again to offer
my support to National Hate Crime Awareness Week in 2022. The Mayor of London has said
that London’s diversity is one of its greatest strengths. He has also made it clear that we will
not let those few people who seek to divide us, or who abuse or attack Londoners simply
because of who they are, go unchallenged. National Hate Crime Awareness Week plays an
essential part in reminding us that standing up to hatred and intolerance is the responsibility
of us all.

I applaud the fact that while we must challenge hate crime in all its ugly forms, National Hate
Crime Awareness Week provides an additional focus on a specific strand or community each
year. The focus this year on the targeting of Chinese, East and South-East Asian communities
in the past eighteen months is welcome and will help reassure those communities that we
stand alongside them.

I wish all community and statutory organisations the very best with their events to raise
awareness of hate crime during National Hate Crime Awareness Week and beyond.

Claire Waxman OBE, London’s Victims’ Commissioner

Claire Waxman OBE, London’s Victims’ Commissioner

This National Hate Crime Awareness Week, we must reaffirm our commitment to stamp out hate and intolerance, ensure victims are properly supported, and be unafraid in celebrating London’s diverse and vibrant communities.

From overt acts of violence to more hidden forms of online abuse, hate crime continues to be a major problem in society, and so identifying and countering hate crime and extremism is a Mayoral priority; we are proud to support hate crime projects in every London borough.

We have an excellent service for victims of hate crime here in London, provided through the CATCH Partnership – made up of GALOP, The Monitoring Group, CST, TellMAMA, Choice in Hackney, Stay Safe East, and Real.

As London’s Victims’ Commissioner I will continue to ensure the voices of those impacted by hate are heard, and work with justice partners to ensure victims get the response they expect and deserve. It’s an honour to do this work, and to speak in St Paul’s Cathedral on Sunday 9th October for the Act of Hope and Remembrance

Police and Crime Commissioner Norfolk

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Alison Lowe OBE, West Yorkshire Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.

See joint statement with Tracy Brabin Mayor of West Yorkshire above.

UK Police Services

Superintendent Paul Wigginton Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Superintendent Paul Wigginton Avon and Somerset Constabulary

“Hate Crimes often have a disproportionate impact to victims as they are targeted just because of who they are, and we also know the impact this offending can have to the wider community. 

Avon and Somerset Constabulary will be supporting Hate Crime Awareness Week 2022 and taking part in activities throughout the week with partners and communities. This week is crucial in raising awareness of Hate Crime and encouraging reporting by people who experience hate. Hate Crime will not be tolerated within Avon and Somerset.”

British Transport Police

Assistant Chief Constable Charlie Doyle

Assistant Chief Constable Charlie Doyle

At British Transport Police, as Guardians of the Railway, we are committed to the prevention, disruption and reduction of hate crime and to supporting victims and communities.

During National Hate Crime Awareness Week, we will be involved in a range of events to raise awareness, support victims and stand against hatred, prejudice and intolerance.

We put victims at the heart of the work we do and have developed a number of projects to encourage people to report hate crime. This means we can be well informed and in the best possible position to tackle incidents of hate crime. We want to send out a clear message that hate crime has no place on the railways or in our workplace.

Cambridge Constabulary Chief Constable Nick Dean

Chief Constable Nick Dean Cambridgeshire Constabulary

As the Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, I am proud to support National Hate Crime Awareness week.

We will take this opportunity to raise hate crime awareness and highlight the great work being done by people within our force including help & support to those affected by hate.

As a society we need to be cognisant of peoples differences and embrace them. There is no place for hate, here in Cambridgeshire or in our nation

Kent Police

Kulbir Pasricha Kent Police Strategic Hate Crime Lead

Kulbir Pasricha Kent Police Strategic Hate Crime Lead

I have worked in Kent Police for over 24 years and as Strategic Hate Crime Lead in Kent Police, I am delighted to provide a statement for Mark Healey. Over the past several years, I have also been a judge on the National No2H8 Crime Awards where Mark was a recipient of a lifetime upstander achievement award.  Not just as a founder of 17-24-30 in 2009, and collating/sharing significant information around the National Hate Crime Awareness Week but I have continuously witnessed how Mark raises awareness around Hate Crime all year around and constantly looks at ways to improve our partner response in tackling hate crime. This is so important with hate crime being a high impact harm. Mark remains an upstander and advocate for hate crime and his tireless work all year round, means that we can be a more cohesive and stronger society by standing together against intolerance and injustice.

Metropolitan Police Service

Met Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley

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Commander Kevin Southworth, Head of Public Protection at the Met

Commander Kevin Southworth, Head of Public Protection at the Met

Hate Crime Awareness Week marks an opportunity for individuals, agencies and communities to renew their commitment to preventing and responding to hate crime across London. We know that hate crime can have a significant impact upon victims and their communities. More widely we also know that our response to Hate Crime has a direct impact upon the public’s trust and confidence in us as an organisation, so it’s  especially important that we do all we can to encourage victims to come forward and report offences to us. The Met strives to work with all communities in London and a range of partners to support victims of hate crime and to bring offenders to justice. Whilst we continue to see improvements in the amount of hate crime offences we solve we know there is much more to do. This year’s Hate Crime Awareness week coincides with the latest phase of Operation Arawn which sees officers working across the Met to locate and arrest outstanding and wanted suspects for hate crime offences. Thus far Operation Arawn has led to 324 arrests and a further 182 suspects interviewed under caution and we continue to treat hate crime as a priority.

“As the Commander responsible for Public Protection across London, I want to take this week as an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to ensure that all hate crime is investigated thoroughly and victims treated with the utmost of professionalism. I will ensure our Hate Crime teams continue to strive to bring offenders to justice and that we continue to work with all communities to both encourage reporting and to help improve our practices in this area. Our detection rate is now the highest it has been for 3 years and has been consistently increasing month on month throughout that period – reflecting the commitment of all our officers and staff to protect our communities from all forms of hate.”

Met Hate Crime Lead Martin Kirby

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Met Basic Command Unit BCU Commanders

The Metropolitan Police Services covers the 32 London Boroughs which are oragnised into 12 Basic Command Units BCUs. We have asked them to provide statements of support.

Central East BCU Commander Mike Hamer

Central East BCU Commander Mike Hamer

The annual National Hate Crime Awareness Week (NationalHCAW) takes place this year on 8th – 16th October 2022.  It is a week that I give my full support and backing to.  Any form of hate crime is completely unacceptable and I encourage everyone to please get involved in the hate crime awareness events that will be taking place across the country.  It is a fantastic way to raise awareness of hate crime and an opportunity for all people to stand together, as one, to show their support for those who have been effected by Hate Crime. 

Officers across Hackney and Tower Hamlets will be working alongside and supporting NationalHCAW throughout.  From Remembrance Services and peace walks to Hate Crime Awareness stalls and Outreach Sessions.  These events will be advertised so please do come along, show your support and together, we can eliminate all forms of hate crime. 

Central North BCU Commander

Requested

Central South BCU Commander

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Central West BCU Commander Detective Chief Superintendent
Owain Richards

Central West BCU Commander Detective Chief Superintendent
Owain Richards

As the BCU Commander for Central West, which incorporates the London boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and the City of Westminster, I am committed to tackling hate crime in all its forms across all of our communities. Hate crimes have a devastating and long-term impact on victims and my teams work tirelessly to identify the perpetrators who commit hate crime and prevent this harm.

One victim of hate crime is one 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 hate crime, as well as protect and support those who 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. For more information from the Metropolitan Police Service about how to report hate crime, go to:

https://www.met.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/hco/hate-crime/

Thank you to everyone. Together, we will make a difference

North Area BCU Commander

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East Area BCU Commander

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North East BCU Commander

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North West BCU Commander

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South Area BCU Commander Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer

Police in Bromley, Croydon and Sutton are committed to tackling hate crime with their local communities and partners. Everyone should be able to live their lives free from harassment, violence and abuse.

South East BCU Commander

Requested

South West BCU Commander Chief Superintendent Elisabeth Chapple

In South West BCU, police, staff and volunteers in Wandsworth, Richmond, Kingston and Merton will continue to work relentlessly with partners and all communities to tackle hate crime. Everyone should be able to live their lives free from harassment, violence and abuse.

West Area BCU Cammander

Requested

Louise Holden – Hate Crime Partnership Project Manager -Inclusion London

Hate crime against disabled people is on the rise year after year. Disabled people can be targeted due to their disability, race, religion, sexuality or gender. Because of the intersectional identities of Disabled people, we support NationalHCAW this year, as we do every year, and the tireless work of Mark Healey to raise awareness of hate crime in the UK. There are so many barriers to recognising, reporting and recovering from hate crime that need to be dismantled so no victim have to suffer alone. Thank you to National Hate Crime Awareness Week for being part of that change. 

Sal Naseem, Regional Director for London, IOPC.

Sal Naseem, Regional Director for London, IOPC.

If one person suffers from hate, that’s one too many.

And yet we know too many people from underrepresented and marginalised communities suffer disproportionately from hate crime.

Where peoples differences are used to divide.

We all have a responsibility to call out hate wherever it rears its head, and importantly to demonstrate allyship and stand in solidarity where it night not be our protected characteristic, but it absolutely is also our fight.

This is why I applaud and support National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

To call out hate, we need to stand together and work together. We need to give everyone voice and the confidence to report when they have been victims of hate crime.

So when one person suffers from hate, that’s one too many…

…but together we can and will make a difference.

Andrew Evans, CEO, METRO Charity

Andrew Evans, CEO, METRO Charity

“We stand united with National Hate Crime Awareness Week in saying no to hate. We understand the terrible and often long-lasting impact that hate crime can have on people, both through our hate crime support services in Greenwich and Croydon, and more widely through the communities we serve and are a part of as a leading equalities charity. We are proud to be supporting their vital work in raising awareness by amplifying their message and providing space for the campaign to mobilise from at our New Cross centre in Lewisham.”

John Hayward-Cripps, CEO, Neighbourhood Watch Network

John Hayward-Cripps, CEO, Neighbourhood Watch Network

“We know hate crime targets individuals and specific groups within all our communities. Victims shouldn’t have to live in fear of hate, nor should those that witness these heinous incidents.  At Neighbourhood Watch, we believe that together, we can take a stand against hate crime within our communities. We are proud to support Hate Crime Awareness Week because we know that no one deserves to be discriminated against because of who they are or their life choices. During the week, we will promote and raise community awareness on what a hate crime is, how to report it, and what can be done to help prevent it.”  

Pete Morley-Watts Executive Director of Customer Experience for Swan Housing Association

Pete Morley-Watts Executive Director of Customer Experience for Swan Housing Association

At Swan Housing Association, we are clear that there is no place for hate. We are committed to working with our partners to create cohesive communities where everyone feels at home. Our dedicated Anti-social Behaviour team is here to support any of our customers or employees who are affected by hate crime or incidents.

For more information please visit: https://www.swan.org.uk/customers/help-and-advice/anti-social-behaviour-and-hate-crime/

Simon Breeze, CEO, Community Action Sutton

Simon Breeze, CEO, Community Action Sutton

Statement in support of National Hate Crime Awareness Week 

Community Action Sutton stands united with partners across all sectors to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week.  

Together we share the message that there is no place for hate in the London Borough of Sutton.  

We want to ensure that everyone feels safe and welcome and believe nobody should be targeted because of who they are. Everyone should have the right to live without fear or prejudice because of their disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender identity. 

No one should suffer in silence, and we actively encourage anyone who has experienced hate crime, or anyone who has witnessed it, to report it.  

We are committed to working with partners locally and nationally to raise awareness and provide information and support to those who need it and ensure our vibrant and diverse Borough is welcoming to everyone who lives and works here. 

Rev Steve Chalke MBE, Oasis Founder

As a Baptist minister and the founder of the Oasis Charitable Trust, which includes over 50 schools and a multitude of other youth projects, I am grateful that National Hate Crime Awareness Week gives us the opportunity to remember those we have lost, young and old, because of their colour, race, religion, gender or sexuality. The rise of hate crimes impacts the lives of so many people, not simply those directly affected, but family, friends, and whole communities.

Oasis is wholeheartedly behind the Hate Crime Awareness Week campaign. We actively support the need not only to raise awareness but to do all we can to tackle the increasing reports of hate crimes in the UK. Sadly, the number of these crimes – logged in England and Wales – reached a record high of 155,641 hate crimes up 26% in England and Wales, in the 12 months to March 2022.

No person, young or old, should walk in fear on our streets. No person – young or old – should be afraid to show who they are. No person – young or old – should ever be shamed through verbal or physical violence. Oasis was built around a vision for inclusive local communities – where everyone is included, able to make a contribution, and reach their God-given potential.

That is why we are not satisfied with the status quo, which keeps people trapped in poverty, shame or constantly at risk of exclusion and violence. We believe that things can and should change. However, this means that we must be bold about speaking up whenever and wherever policies, systems or governments leave individuals and communities disadvantaged and open to abuse.

No one should face hatred. It’s time to shout out about it. We can no longer accept any form of hate crime or abuse as a society. The moment for passive or whispered support of Hate Crime Awareness Week has passed. Now is the time for action.

Love will win!

Rev Steve Chalke MBE, Oasis Founder

Revd Canon Andrew Dotchin, Member of the General Synod of the Church of England and Vicar of the Parish of Felixstowe.

Revd Canon Andrew Dotchin, Member of the General Synod of the Church of England and Vicar of the Parish of Felixstowe

The Parish of Felixstowe stands against Hate Crime in all its forms.  

The remains of Nik Moore, killed in the nail bombing at the Admiral Duncan on 30 April 1999, rest in St John’s churchyard and in his memory, and as a call for the end to hate, we fly the Pride flag as a symbol of welcome to all.

We will work tirelessly to call out hate and build a society where everyone is welcome and at home.

Dave Moreton, Faith Leader – Open House, Oasis Church Waterloo

Dave Moreton, Faith Leader – Open House, Oasis Church Waterloo

NationalHCAW is a time to reflect and is a challenging area before faith communities today. Especially as many of our LGBT+ siblings take their own lives, harm themselves, and leave faith groups due to the behaviour of some of our faith communities. I believe that beginning with the common humanity we share with all people and leaving ideology aside can yield essential discoveries for LGBT+ people and Faith Groups.

It is a shame that many of our LGBT+ siblings feel safer in a gay bar or club than in one of our church congregations. That is the outcome of faith-based rejection and conversion therapy. What an indictment on the Church.

Open House Oasis Church Waterloo share the aims of the National HCAW and says, we will reject hate, and we will say, PROUDLY, Love Happens Here. A safe space where the door is flung open to show God’s inclusive and embracing love in Their Diversity.

LOVE WILL WIN

Venerable Malcolm Chamberlain

Venerable Malcolm Chamberlain

“Hate crime, by its very definition, should have no place in any community or society, and we should all stand shoulder to shoulder in challenging hatred and prejudice wherever we find it. This is why I am supporting the National Hate Crime Awareness Week as a Christian leader and as a member of the public.

It is poignant that this year’s Awareness Week will also mark the one-year anniversary of the appalling murder of Sir David Amess on the 15 October 2021.  Sir David was an advocate for the #No2H8 campaign and suffered the ultimate expression of hatred in the attack that prematurely ended his life.

Whilst not all hate crimes are physically violent, all expressions of prejudice hatred leave deep scars in their wake. We must work together to build a more compassionate society in which all people are cherished and safe, and where nobody has to suffer at the hands of others. The events planned for the National Hate Crime Awareness Week are important steps in building such a society.”

Martin Pendergast, LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council Member

Martin Pendergast, LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council Member

LGBT+ Catholics Westminster started Welcoming Masses on the Sunday after the Admiral Duncan bombing in 1999, so our history coincides closely with 17-24-30. We salute all that you do to promote community safety and combat all forms of hate-crime, particularly homophobic and transphobic attacks. We are committed to social justice for all LGBT+ people.

The Rev’d Dr Patrick H Richmond

The Rev’d Dr Patrick H Richmond

My support, thoughts and prayers go to all those suffering from hate crimes and those working to prevent them and ameliorate the suffering.

Philip Baldwin, elected member of General Synod

Philip Baldwin, elected member of General Synod

“Marginalised groups face increasing hate crime. We should celebrate diversity, respect others and stand in solidarity against intolerance. Let’s tackle hate crime once and for all!”

Amy Roch, Deputy CEO, Galop

Amy Roch, Deputy CEO, Galop

Galop is proud to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2022.

The government’s official hate crime figures for 2022 are 26% higher than last year, with a significant rise in hate crime against LGBT+ people – a 41% increase against LGB people and a 56% increase against trans people.

As the UK’s leading LGBT+ anti-abuse and violence charity, Galop knows that these statistics don’t represent the full story. Our research shows that as few as 1 in 8 LGBT+ people actually report their experiences to the police, and in our services, Galop has seen a 19% rise in demand for hate crime support through the National LGBT+ Hate Crime helpline.

Yet, historically, even when LGBT+ hate crime reports increase, prosecutions do not. Hate crime against LGBT+ people continue to receive lower sentencing lengths than other forms of hate crime, while trans people are afforded no protection from stirring up offences, unlike racial and religious hatred, and hatred based upon sexual orientation.

Now, more than ever, we need to ensure that all minoritised communities are protected from the violence and abuse that has been allowed to grow unchecked and unchallenged in this country, and are afforded equal recognition under the law. 

Heather Paterson CEO, SAYiT and Co-Chair, Sheffield LGBT+ Multi-Agency Network

Heather Paterson CEO, SAYiT and Co-Chair, Sheffield LGBT+ Multi-Agency Network

“I am proud to state my support for National Hate Crime Awareness Week which aims to raise the profile of hate crime on the social and political agenda.

As LGBTQ+ individuals and organisations, we are seeing the impact of rising anti-LGBTQ+ and specifically anti-trans hate.

We see daily anti-LGBTQ+ media and political statements which are defended as ‘freedom of speech’ as our rights to freely exist and participate in society are debated. We see words that portray us as lesser, deviant, or a risk.

We see the defense that these are just words that don’t hurt anyone, yet we see the mental health impact of this constant abuse.

We see the rising levels of hate crimes.

We stand by the hospital beds and gravesides seeing the results of attacks legitimised by these words.

We are told that we have equality now, as we walk a different route home, or refuse to hold our partners’ hands for fear of abuse.

We are told that we want ‘special’ treatment, because we want to feel safe.

No one should have to live in fear of attacks just for being who they are.

We want to work to reduce hate crime and to ensure victims are well supported if they do occur.

We support Hate Crime Awareness Week in their work to raise the issue of, and reduce incidents of hate crime and to help keep our communities safe.

Sue Sanders  Professor Emeritus, Harvey Milk Institute

Sue Sanders  Professor Emeritus, Harvey Milk Institute

I chair Schools OUT UK, an education charity founded in 1974 whose aim is to educate out prejudice, making schools safe and inclusive for everyone. After working with the Criminal Justice System extensively as a member of several independent advisory groups including setting  up the first LGBT+ Independent advisory group to the MET. I am acutely aware of how importance of hate crime awareness week. For educators it is an opportunity to ensure they have strategies in place that enable reporting all forms of bullying and for the wider community to have confidence in reporting hate crime.

Trudy Howson LGBT Poet Laureate

Trudy Howson LGBT Poet Laureate

Together we are not powerless.

Together we can make a difference.

Together we can ensure…

That Love will win.

Barry Boffy MBE – Inclusion & Diversity Thought Leader

Barry Boffy MBE – Inclusion & Diversity Thought Leader

National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2022
It gives me great pleasure to be able to offer my continued support for National Hate Crime Awareness Week, taking place this year between 8th and 15th October.

Since it’s humble beginnings in October 2012, National Hate Crime Awareness Week has led the way in bringing diverse communities together to express their solidarity and support, and to offer hope to all those affected by hate and intolerance. That it continues to unite and unify diverse voices is a testament to the power of hope and tolerance that it brings to our communities.

On a personal note, one of the most poignant and sobering days of my career to date has been speaking at the Service of Remembrance, traditionally marking the start of National Hate Crime Awareness Week each year. Having the opportunity to stand in solidarity with victims of hate has been a humbling experience that continues to influence the work that I do. It was then, as it is now, vital that we can stand together against hate and intolerance, and to remember those we have lost.

The wonderful work that you and your volunteers do at 17-24-30 National HCAW should be commended.

Your dedication and continued commitment ensure that the impact of hate and intolerance is never forgotten.

I’m proud to offer my continued support and endorsement of National Hate Crime Awareness Week and wish you and your colleagues every success in 2022.

Bobbi Pickard Trans in the City

We, at Trans in the City, have many members that receive and are affected by hate crime on a daily basis. We have lost friends and people close to us as a result of the constant abuse levelled continuously against the trans, non binary and gender non-conforming community.

By standing together, by supporting each other, by sharing love not hate, we can make a difference – by casting the cold light of truth across those elements that propagate hate we diminish it and we prevail.

National Hate Crime Awareness Week is a fabulous opportunity to do exactly that – from awareness we can create empathy and understanding, from there we create a better world for all and I and Trans in the City are proud to support it.

Skye – Trans in the City

Hate crime across all strands has risen over recent years, especially anti-trans sentiment and hate has been ever increasing with Ministers and members of the House of Lords describing trans people as a “danger to women”, that taking an anti-racist and compassionate stance is “dangerous ideology”. During the last 7 years the UK media alone has published on average 154 anti-trans articles per month.

I am trans, I have always known that I am trans. I have socially transitioned for over 4 years and have been on a formal medical gender reassignment since 2019. I would consider myself as still early in my transition. A transition that is healing my heart, my soul and making me whole for the first time in my life. 

 Since I have been out, I have noted a clear change in the public’s attitudes to me that I would describe as saddening.

In my spare time I am a Director for Trans in the City and am in the public eye at times because of my chosen career.

I am visible, online and in public. Online, I am regularly told that I am a “PREDATOR”, “A DANGER AND A THREAT TO WOMEN”, “A PAEDOPHILE”, “A FREAK, “A FETISHIST” and worse. The comments aimed at me are simply vile.  

I am often visible, dealing with large groups of people.  

This year at a football game, I was stood managing two sets of fans; and people had on both sides noticed me. There were many people pointing at me and laughing.  I have faced hundreds of comment such as “That’s a f***ing tr*nny” and “Oi, Princess Fiona, look at f***ing Lord Farquaad”.

 Not too long ago a crowd of 400 began to sing at me. “Is it a man or a woman”.  

I am under constant scrutiny. Every day I am out at work I receive passive aggressive comment by many members of the public, from all walks of life. Many of the worse ones were said from behind me in the crowd.

There were comments such as “I am sure that’s a f***ing bloke”, “Oi, look at the tr*nny”. People would nudge friends, family members and point at me and laugh. This is constant and to the extent that it is clearly the norm.

But I have a privilege as to be visible, to stand tall and firm.

But no one should choose to live like this, to face hate and abuse every single day. But I have to honour who I truly am, to finally be free to live my life as my authentic self. 

Standing proud against hate and bigotry is important. Reducing hate crime against all strands is vital. You cannot choose who you are and who you love.

I Stand Firm against hate.

Lucinana – Across Boarders

National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2022

I am honoured to offer my continued support for National Hate Crime Awareness Week, taking place this year between 8th and 15th October.

Nobody should have to feel unsafe in public because of their gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, or skin colour. And yet many do — every day.

How hate crimes impact the Brighton and Hove community

Our community is small, so when we hear that someone has been beaten up/harassed/ violated, regardless of whether we know them or no, or if they live next door or 500 miles away, it affects us. We start taking extra precautions, we scan our environment more than usual. Most of all, we may feel scared. Because we all know, it could very easily happen to us. 

This causes anxiety, and stress and some make the decision not go out anymore. Which is really sad. People should not be afraid to go out and have fun. Everyone should feel safe and respected. 

Sadly, being different can make us vulnerable. Sometimes threats aren’t obvious. It’s not always about violence or verbal abuse. Sometimes it’s just a gut feeling — a sense of being stared at, followed, or just not being welcome. When that gut feeling strikes, having somewhere to retreat to for immediate help, without judgement or questions, can make all the difference.

The inspiration behind the #BackOffBackUp campaign

Over the last 9 months, 3 people from our discussion group had been targets of street harassment and one was beaten up, alongside the rising nationwide hate crimes against LGBTQ+ people. 

As Across Rainbows is about both the emotional as well as the physical well-being of the LGBTQ+ community, we wanted to do something that would help make Brighton & Hove a safe (er) city. 

But asking for help is hard. Even when we feel threatened, it can feel easier to keep our heads down and keep walking, hoping it’ll go away. 

Last year, we launched a street safety campaign  – Back Off. Back Up. Venues sign up as a designated safe spot by having a yellow and black sticker on their store front. We provide training and a newsletter to the venues who sign up.

Thank you for the hard work, Mark Healey and the volunteers; National Hate Crime Awareness Week truly does raise awareness, not just for the one week in October but all year round.

Shea Coffey Medway Pride Radio

Medway Pride Radio has listeners and staff that are regularly affected by hate crime.

Across the whole LGBT+ community, hate crime rates are up and for the Trans, non binary and gender non-conforming people the rise of 56% is both unsurprising and extremely worrisome.

Many organisations take part in action, not only during National Hate Crime Awareness Week, but throughout the year. By standing together we create visibility, and this leads to change.

Medway Pride Radio is proud to support National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Mike Haines – Acts of Global Unity

Mike Haines – Acts of Global Unity

Hate Crime is a cancer in our homes, in our communities and in our society. We must at every opportunity challenge this thinking. If you have or will be a recipient of Hate Crime, please report it.

CEO Morgan Lobb Vercida and Director Dan Robertson Vercida Consulting

We would like to take this opportunity to offer our support and endorsement of National Hate
Crime Awareness Week 2022, taking place this year between 8th and 15th October.

Our aim at Vercida is ultimately the same as yours – to inform and educate; challenging
prejudice and intolerance wherever we see it. We know that our work as experts in delivering
inclusion, diversity and leadership solutions is profoundly weakened by prejudice and
intolerance. When allowed to go unchecked, this can lead to hate which we know has an
insidious and long-lasting impact on victims or survivors of crime, their families and the wider
community. It erodes self-worth and dignity; particularly for those who are most vulnerable in
society. It’s up to all of us to challenge this every day.

We recognise the vital role that we all play in tackling intolerance, understanding bias and
educating out ignorance. We continue to commit to challenging bias and calling out prejudice
of any kind so that, together, we can put an end to hate and intolerance. We stand together
with you and all of those who work tirelessly to create a world where everyone is welcome, and
valued, for who they are.

We want to pay particular thanks for the work that you and your volunteers at 17-24-30
NationalHCAW do to ensure that National Hate Crime Awareness Week continues to offer
hope to all those affected by hate and intolerance.

Lucy & Avril Clark (founders) Trans Radio UK

Lucy & Avril Clark (founders) Trans Radio UK

With the announcement that hate crimes have increased with 155,841 hate crimes recorded by police in England and Wales – year ending March 2022 and with the transgender community seeing 4,355 which is up 56% on last year, tackling hate crime is more important than ever. We are aware that many hate crimes go unreported and that the real figure is significantly higher.

National Hate Crime Awareness Week is an opportunity to join together to raise awareness and confront hatred and prejudice in every form.  We need to empower marginalised voices and better support victims of hate crime. Everyone has a part to play in challenging oppression and hatred and challenging the platforms that allow the perpetrators freedom to spread oppression and hate.

We run our own helpline TRUK Listens and in line with the published figures we have seen a significant increase in calls in the past year.

Now is the time to say no to hate and prejudice.

Robbie de Santos Stonewall Director of Communications and External Affairs

Robbie de Santos Stonewall Director of Communications and External Affairs

As reports of hate crimes affecting LGBTQ+ people continue to rise at record rates, we call on the Home Secretary to take urgent action to ensure the safety of LGBTQ+ people across the country. 
 
We know that these figures represent the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the reality of violence, harassment and abuse that LGBTQ+ people experience. It is simply not acceptable that minority communities should live in the shadow of fear, unable to live safely and openly and unleash their true potential.
 
Leaders across society need to be careful not to fuel a manufactured ‘culture war’ about our communities. We exist and we deserve to be free and safe in every aspect of our lives.

Stephenie Robinson Co founder Former chair National Trans Police Association now absorbed into the LGBT+ Network

“It is of vital importance that we have people who work hard to improve awareness of hate crime, it’s effects on both victims and community and hold police to account when investigations are not up to the mark. National Hate Crime Awareness Week is a vital pivotal link and our thanks to Mark Healey who drives many of the activities and his team and others who volunteer to ensure a safer London for all”

Tyler Hatwell, founder Traveller Pride

Tyler Hatwell, founder Traveller Pride

Hate crimes are so insidious because they impact not just an individual but whole communities. You take on board the message that some immutable characteristic of yours is worth hating by some of society, you learn you've a target on your back.

Traveller Pride, operating in the intersection of LGBT+ & Traveller identities, fully supports National Hate Crime Awareness Week. The work done to not only shine light on what more needs to be done to counter hate crimes but also in commemorating the victims of hate crimes and their communities is vital. It helps communities feel heard and allows time to heal. In these days when we are faced with increasing division and uncertainty, this space to heal and to have various communities come together to share this healing space is vital.

David – victim of hate crime

As a victim of hate crime, i believe a national awareness week would help to highlight the issue and hopefully reduce crime levels.

Kellie Maloney – individual member of the public

Hate crimes are up and that are the ones that are reported many go unreported because of fear of reprisal. Is time the Home office took the these complaints serious and got the police forces throughout the uk to work with these Minority communities that are the victim of homophobia, transphobia, or racist.

To day we all live in a Society that is very diversified and we all have the right to live in peace and be Accepted in the workplace in our homes and in social settings .

Be proud of who you are and let’s all stand together to fight these hate crimes .

Do not be afraid to report a hate crime if you are the victim of one or you come across one on any social media platform there is no room for this in today’s society.

As we are all Members of the one club the human race . I stand along side all Minority groups in overcoming this kind of behaviour towards others

Saba Ali

As part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week I want to raise awareness about race related hate crime which has accounted for the majority of police recorded hate crimes (70%; 109,843 offences). These offences increased by 19% compared with the previous year.

Religious hate crimes which have increased by 37% between year ending March 2021 and year ending March 2022 (from 6,383 to 8,730).

What is particularly concerning is the rise in hate crime against people from Chinese, East and South East Asian communities over the last two years.

In addition a study out today by the University of Manchester and barrister Keir Monteith KC found that judicial discrimination was being directed towards black court users – from lawyers to witnesses to defendants. A survey of 373 legal professionals found that 56% stated they had witnessed at least one judge acting in a racially biased way towards a defendant, while 52% had witnessed discrimination in judicial decision-making.

Responses to the survey indicated that racial discrimination by judges was most frequently directed towards Asian and black people, with the latter by far the most affected, and the most frequently mentioned sub-group was young black male defendants.

It’s clear that there is plenty of work that needs to be done across the judicial system whether that is with the CPS or police, we need to have those difficult conversation in a restorative way and look at how we can work together and ensure communities we represent have a voice and are protected.

Hate crime is increasing and we need to speak up, speak out and report all forms of hate crime – we have to work together for a better future, build back trust and respect.

Seb Cousins

We must all strive for an end of hate crime. It’s that simple. And with that we must strive too for a better country for all.

Links to Statements of Support from previous years.

Here are links to previous letters of support received in 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 201520142013 and 2012.

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About Mark172430

Founder 17-24-30 NationalHCAW (1184819). Project lead Rainbow Boroughs Project. Passionate about tackling hate crime and LGBT+ community development.
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