Hate Crime Awareness
“I celebrate difference”, “everyone matters” and “I want to change attitudes”.
These are some of the reasons why staff and residents supported National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018 (13th to 20th October), as posted on a message board in the reception of Brotherton House.
As a third party reporting centre, Brotherton House enables victims or witnesses of hate crime to report incidents in an environment where they feel confident and comfortable rather than having to go to a police station, which many can find intimidating.
Lynne Harrison, Community Initiatives Officer for Pendleton Together, said: “We recognise that some people are reluctant to contact the police direct to report a crime so they can open up to us and we can report a crime on their behalf.
“By allowing people to report crime in familiar surroundings in their own community, we are breaking down barriers and providing a victim-led approach.
“As a third party reporting centre, it’s really important that we all understand what hate crime is so we took National Hate Crime Awareness Week as an opportunity to raise awareness about how to identify hate crime and what to do if somebody identifies themselves as having witnessed or experienced prejudice because of their disability, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.”
She added: “The police can only prosecute when the law is broken but by reporting hate incidents, the police can work with partners, such as housing associations to prevent these incidents from escalating and to disperse tension in communities.”
“Hate crimes and incidents hurt and can be confusing and frightening. By reporting them when they happen to you, you may be able to prevent the same thing happening to someone else. You can also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in your area so they can better respond to it.”