We believe everyone has the right to be treated with respect and dignity, and to live in a community free from harassment, hatred and abuse. That's why we have a dedicated Hate Crime Officer who can help you report the crime and tell you where to get further support. We take a zero tolerance approach to all criminal behaviour and we work with local agencies to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. We're part of the SaferPeterborough Partnership and work closely with local police, the fire service, Peterborough City Council and community groups to make the city a safer place for everyone.
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 it could be 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.
Reporting hate crime
Perpetrators of hate crime need to be stopped and this can only happen if incidents are reported to the police as soon as they happen. If you report a hate crime, you'll be able to access a range of support services so that you can come to terms with the crime and feel safe again.
If you've been a victim of hate crime, you should report it to Peterborough Police by dialling 101 or 999 in an emergency.
You can also:
- email the SaferPeterborough Partnership
- report it through the True Vision website
- contact the Victim Hub on 0800 7816818 (Monday - Friday, 8am - 8pm and Saturday 9am - 5pm) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're experiencing anti-social behaviour, please call us on 01733 385000 during office hours, 01733 385099 out-of-office hours, email us or text ASB followed by your name, address and complaint to 60066.
What support is available to me?
Victim Support is an independent charity which helps people affected by crime or traumatic events. It can give emotional and practical support to help you feel safer and find the strength to move on from crime. Support is free, confidential and tailored to your needs. Call on: 0808 1689 111.
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: