Hackney is No Place For Hate
“If you’ve been a victim of hate crime - don’t suffer in silence” that’s the message from Hackney’s Mayor as residents are being encouraged to report hate crime in the borough as part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021 and beyond.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week (9 –16 October) is aimed at raising awareness of all forms of hate incidents and crimes, including homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, faith discrimination and disability discrimination.
Encouraging the reporting of hate crime forms part of the Council and Police’s year-round programme to tackle hate crime.
To help communities better understand the difference between hate crimes and hate incidences, the Council has produced a video with the Police and partners to help people understand what these terms mean and what to do if you witness or are a victim of a hate crime:
This year Hackney has seen increased reports of anti-semitic and disability-related hate crime. Studies also show that hate crimes are regularly under-reported by victims, especially hate crimes related to the LGBTQI+ community. The Council and its partners are working to encourage all those who have been affected by hate incidents to report these to us or to the police. Helping the Council and police build local evidence and bring those who commit hate crimes to justice.
Hackney has a proud history as a welcoming and inclusive borough that celebrates diversity. However, hate crime is a very real issue for many in our community and can cause significant harm to its victims. If you have been a victim of hate crime - don’t suffer in silence.
Hackney is no place for hate - we will not tolerate it in our diverse, inclusive and welcoming borough. If you’ve been affected by a hate crime, make sure you report it to help bring those who commit these terrible crimes to justice.
Our shared values of tolerance and inclusivity are what makes Hackney such a wonderful place to live in, work in and visit - and we will never allow these values to be eroded by hatred and discrimination.
We know that you may feel afraid to report a hate incident or crime, but you don’t need to suffer alone. There are helplines that can provide support and advice, and by reporting hate crimes you’ve experienced or witnessed, you can help become a part of this movement to tackle hate in Hackney and to help bring those who commit hate crimes to justice
Hate crime can be reported to the police by calling 999 in an emergency, and 101 in other situations. You can also report hate incidents or crimes to Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625 or by going online: www.stophateuk.org
Hate Crime Awareness Week in the borough is part of Hackney Council’s ‘No Place for Hate’ strategy, launched in 2018, which sets out how the Council is tackling hate incidents and crimes, including improving support for those affected by such behaviour, raising awareness of how to report hate incidents and crimes, and working with residents to build understanding of how we are responding to support victims.
If you’ve been affected by hate crime, you can:
- Report it to the police by calling 999 in an emergency, and 101 in other situations.
- If you do not wish to contact the Police, you can contact Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625 for free, confidential advice and support.
- Report offensive graffiti to the Council
- Contact North London Victim Support for free local support on 0808 186 9291 (8am-8pm Monday to Friday) or 0808 1689 111 at all other times. You can also request support online.
- Access free, confidential and independent victim support through London Victim and Witness Service on 0808 168 9291
- Access a free Restorative Justice Service with Calm Mediation by telephone on freephone 0300 102 3031 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Our Young Hackney website provides a range of resources for young people who want to talk to someone confidentially about a range of issues
- You can also help make Hackney no place for hate by sharing our campaign’s free, downloadable resources on your social channels: bit.ly/hackney-no-place-for-hate
- You can also share any photos of local activities that you’re running or participating in for National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021. Please use the hashtags #NoPlaceForHate and #NHCAW2021 wherever possible.
The Police are hosting four Hate Crime Awareness drop in sessions for Hackney residents:
11 & 12 October 11am-3pm, outside Sainsbury’s, 1 Amhurst Park, N16
13 & 14 October 11am-3pm, outside Morrisons, 47-49 Stamford Hill, N16