At CKH we believe everyone has the right to be treated with respect and dignity and to live in an environment free from harassment, hatred and abuse. That's why we have a dedicated Hate Crime Officer, working as part of our Anti-Social Behaviour Team. We take a zero tolerance approach to all criminal behaviour and are working together with local agencies to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. We are a part of the SaferPeterborough Partnership and work closely with Peterborough Police, Peterborough City Council and the Fire Brigade, along with a wealth of community groups to make the city a safe place for all residents.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017
We recently supported National Hate Crime Awareness Week by hitting the road and getting out and about around the city raising awareness of hate crime, the effects it has on individuals and communities, as well as the importance of reporting it and the support available to the victims.
We started the week at the Cultural Diversity event at PARCA and then helped to celebrate Black History Month. We also had pop up stands at Sainsbury’s in Bretton and Oxney Road, as well as Serpentine Green the Westwood Community Café and the Allama Iqbal Centre.
The week was a huge success reaching hundreds of people – including Mayor Cllr John Fox, the Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite and MP Fiona Onasanya – who all agreed to help us to ‘stamp out hate crime in Peterborough’ and celebrate the rich diversity of cultures and communities within the city.
Here are just some of the highlights of the week:
What is hate crime?
Hate crime is an attack, either physical or verbal, against a group or individual, that is perceived by them to be:
- transphobic (discrimination against transsexual or transgender people)
Or due to a person’s:
- gender identity
These crimes can take many forms and can include:
- physical assault
- threats of violence or physical assault
- written or verbal abuse or threats
- damage to property or possessions
- cyber attacks, such as bullying and ‘trolling’ on social media sites
- offensive graffiti
Why should I report hate crime?
The Police can only solve and stop hate crime if they are aware of it. It is important that all incidents are reported to ensure the Police are fully aware of the situation. Perpetrators of hate crime need to be stopped and this can only happen if it is reported. You will also be signposted to a range of support networks that will help you to come to terms with the crime, and to help you feel safe and secure again.
How do I report hate crime?
If you have been a victim of hate crime, please report it to Peterborough Police by dialling 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also email the SPP at email@example.com
You can also report hate crime through the True Vision website www.report-it.org.uk.
You can also contact the Victim Hub on 0800 7816818 (Monday - Friday, 8am - 8pm and Saturday 9am - 5pm) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live in a CKH home and are experiencing Anti-Social Behaviour, please call us on 01733 385065 during office hours, 01733 385099 out-of-office hours, or you can text ASB followed by your name, address and complaint to 60066 or email email@example.com
What support is available to me?
There are lots or organisations that can support victims of hate crime. If you have been a victim and would like to know more, or would like support reporting the crime to the Police, get in touch with Emma Elmett, our Hate Crime Officer, by calling 01733 396432 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Victim Support is an independent charity, who work towards a world where people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and the respect they deserve. They help people feel safer and find the strength to move beyond crime. Their support is free, confidential and tailored to your needs. You can call them for free on 08 08 16 89 111.