Tewkesbury Borough Council is committed to tackling hate crimes and incidents in our communities and the council is working collaboratively with it's partners to raise awareness.
Hate incidents and crimes are instances of targeted victimisation or harm directed towards people because of who they are, be that down to disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, trans-identity, age or gender. The list is not finite.
Cllr Berry, Lead member for community said of the initiative “It’s important that we reach out into our communities and provide information and guidance; not only on what constitutes hate crime but on the support and reporting structures that are in place to help those effected”
There will be a police engagement vehicle and an information stand set up at the following locations in Tewkesbury Borough during the awareness week to make the public more aware of what hate crime is and how we can all work towards eradicating it.
- Tewkesbury Borough Council reception
10am to 4pm on Monday 16 Oct 2017
- Bishops Cleeve Tesco store
10am to 4pm on Thursday 19 Oct 2017
Hate incidents can either be reported directly to the police or through victim support (anonymously if preferred) on 00800 077 8460, or online gloshate.co.uk. Reporting helps prevent similar harm to others and incidents escalating to crimes. It also enables the police to gather information about an otherwise invisible problem, provides evidence that can be used to develop prevention strategies and opens up options for accessing support and help.