This week is Hate Crime Awareness Week. Coordinated by 17-24-30 and Stop Hate UK, the purpose is to raise awareness of the issue and encourage the public to speak out.
What is Hate Crime?
Incidents of Hate Crime can be motivated by race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
Victims can be subjected to physical assaults or suffer damage to their property. They may also experience the threat of an attack or verbal abuse.
National statistics from the Home Office have revealed that there were 44,480 incidents of hate crime recorded by the police in 2013/14 â€“ an increase of five per cent on the previous year.
Here at Crimestoppers, weâ€™re completely behind the idea of higlighting and eliminating Hate Crime, so weâ€™ve invited three guests to write about hate crime over the next week, and what they have done to help raise awareness and stamp it out.
Weâ€™ll be promoting each blog post via our social media channels, so keep an eye on our Twitter feed â€“ @crimestoppersUK â€“ and Facebook page: www.facebook.com/crimestoppers.