Q&A Guide to National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW
Q:When does #NHCAW take place?
A: National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW takes place between the 2nd and 3rd Saturday in October each year.
Q: How did #NHCAW begin?
A: #NHCAW evolved out of the London vigils against Hate Crime that took place between October 2009 to October 2012.
The first London Vigil against Hate Crime took place on the 30th October 2009 after the death of Ian Baynham, over 10,000 people attended the first vigil in Trafalgar Square.
In 2012, Mark Healey (founder of 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign) launched the idea of holding a National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Q:What is the purpose of #NHCAW?
A: The main purpose of #NHCAW is to encourage local authorities (local councils and police services), and key partners to work with communities affected by hate crime to raise awareness of hate crime and address local hate crime issues.
We aim to use the week to spread a message of H.O.P.E. across the UK.
Q: What does H.O.P.E stand for?
A: H.O.P.E. stands for
- Hate crime awareness,
- Operational response to hate crime,
- Preventing hate crime and
- Empowering communities to report hate crime and access victim support services.
Q: How can I get involved in #NHCAW?
A: There are a number of ways to get involved and support the week.
First – make sure you are following our social media; follow our @NationalHCAW Twitter profile, like our National Hate Crime Awareness Week Facebook page and join our LinkedIn #NHCAW group. Sign up to our mailing list.
Second find out what is happening in your local area. Check the #NHCAW Google map that we have set up to promote hate crime awareness events around the UK and consider contacting your local authorities to see what they are organising.
Q: Can I find out more about the history of #NHCAW?
A: Yes we have set up and maintain the following archive pages;
- #NHCAW 2016 archive page
- #NHCAW 2015 archive page
- #NHCAW 2014 archive page
- #NHCAW 2013 archive page
- London Vigil 2012 #NHCAW archive page
- London Vigil 2011 archive page
- London Vigil 2010 archive page
- 1st London Vigil 2009 archive page
- History of 17-24-30 the long overview