London,
22
January
2012
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00:00
Europe/London

Hackney hate crime helpline launched

A free 24-hour helpline for people affected by hate crime has been unveiled by the Council. The Stop Hate Line is for anyone who feels they have been subjected to any abuse related to disability, gender identity, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, faith, belief or sexual orientation.

The Council has subscribed to the service which is provided by Stop Hate UK, a leading national charity that supports individuals affected by hate crime or hate incidents. Callers are put through to a trained operator at any time of day or night and they can be victims themselves or concerned family or friends.

Cllr Julius Nkafu, Chair of Hackney Hate Crime Forum, said:

"Stop Hate UK have a reputation of sensitivity, confidentiality and professionalism and I m pleased to be working with them to provide this important service.

“All hate crime is unacceptable and we want to offer support to anyone affected. No one should be subjected to any form of attack over who they are and this important service can help us to support individuals whilst targeting hate crime in the area."

Callers to the Stop Hate Line can get the support and guidance they need, minimise the chance of a repeat incident in the area, provide the police and council with better understanding of the level of hate crime in the area and help to improve the response of agencies.

Anyone can call the Stop Hate Line: 0800 138 1625.