Nobody should ever be a victim of hate crime and that’s why Barking and Dagenham Council is marking National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Alongside the police and partner organisations, the east London council is standing up against hate crime, intolerance and extremism.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week runs from Saturday 10 October until Saturday 17 October and on Saturday, the police will have an information and advice stall in Barking Market.
What is hate crime though? It is any crime that targets a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:
- Race or ethnicity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Transgender identity
Councillor Margaret Mullane, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety said: “One thing we certainly don’t stand for in Barking and Dagenham is hatred towards each other and it is something we will always fight against.
We’ve proved over the last few months how we can all pull together and battle through one of the worst times in our lifetime and we should this as a benchmark going forward. If you have been a victim of hate crime, please don’t say silent and make sure you report it. We can’t let people get away with it.”
In Barking and Dagenham, there are a range of support services available for people who have been a victim or witness of hate crime, including a 24 hour confidential support service delivered by Stop Hate UK:
For young people under the age of 18, there is also a 24 hour confidential service called ‘Call Out Hate’ that can be reach on:
Telephone: 0808 801 0576
Text: 07717 989 025
For more information on hate crime, head to www.stophateuk.org.