News story published on 10 October 2016
Its National Hate Crime Awareness week and we would like you to join us in ‘stamping out hate crime’ this week. You can join in by taking you selfie with our #NHCAW poster and put it up on social media with the hashtag #NHCAW and tag us in.
We work with a number of other city agencies including the Safer Peterborough Partnership, Peterborough Police, the City Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner to make sure everyone knows what hate crime is and how to report is, should they be a victim.
Hate crime is defined as crimes committed against someone because of their disability, gender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation - and should be reported to the police.
“Hate crime is statistically low in Peterborough, so we really don’t want to worry people. However, when people are attacked for their race, religion, disability or sexuality it can have a huge impact on the victim’s life. The mental scars of hate crime far exceed any physical ones,” said Emma Elmett, Hate Crime Officer
“I want to ensure that victims of hate crime of whatever form feel confident in reporting it and that community groups are equipped to support victims. By raising awareness within the city, as part of this national campaign, we want to make sure that people know there is help and support out there, and they will be treated with dignity and respect by all parties. We also want to send out a powerful message to the perpetrators of hate crime – we will not tolerate your behaviour.”