It's National Hate Crime Awareness Week!

Posted: 12/10/2020

We are passionate about making a difference and working together to build vibrant and safe communities.

The wellbeing of ForHousing tenants, customers, colleagues and communities is at the heart of everything we do. That’s why we’re proud supporters of National Hate Crime Awareness week.

No one deserves to experience hate or abuse because of their race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity.

Did you know that in 2018/19, 78,991 hate crime incidents were recorded in England and Wales? All these cases involved race as a motivating factor.

We must all work together to say no to racism, hatred and discrimination; enough is enough. We all have the right to feel safe and comfortable in and outside of the home.

Unfortunately, hate behaviour is heavily under-reported, so we all need to do our bit to challenge hate behaviour when we see or hear it.

So, what’s the difference between a hate incident and a hate crime?

A hate incident is: any non-crime incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a personal characteristic

A hate crime is: any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a personal characteristic.

There are six centrally monitored strands of hate crime.

· Race or ethnicity

· Religion or belief

· Sexual orientation

· Disability

· Transgender identity

· Alternative sub-culture

How can you report hate crime in their community?

ForHousing is a designated ‘Hate Crime reporting centre’ - Reporting centres are where people can report hate behaviour or talk about their concerns. Victims and witnesses of hate incidents sometimes don’t feel comfortable reporting incidents directly to the police, therefore the role of third-party reporting centres is to provide a safe environment for people to report their concerns

It’s so important that we provide people with the right support. If you feel you have been a victim of a hate incident/crime please report it via our website here: www.forhousing.co.uk/asb/hate-crime-behaviour

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