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#NHCAW 2017. Today's focus: Age Hate Crime

18 Oct 2017 09:00 AM

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Today's focus: Age

Someone could feel victimised or targeted because of their age – across all age ranges. We do some great work with our partners and charities such as Age UK to help protect those who may be vulnerable due to their age.

 

If you know someone who is being victimised or targeted you should call 101 or report here online. This could be a hate crime.

 To get involved follow us @northumbriapol or @StophateUk using #NHCAW #NoHaters #WeStandTogether #BeingYou.

 

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Being you is not a crime, targeting you is - that's the message from Northumbria Police during National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

 

National Hate Crime Awareness Week runs between Saturday October 14 –Saturday October 21 and Northumbria Police is holding a series of events and initiatives based around Hate Crime.

 

The aim is to raise awareness around what hate crime is, the work that police and partners do to tackle it and the support that is out there for victims of hate crime.

 

A crime is considered to be a hate crime if someone has been targeted because of a protected characteristic, these include: race, faith, religion, disability, gender identity, age or sexual orientation.

 

Anyone can report a hate crime – victims, families, carers or someone unrelated to a victim who has been witness to an incident.

 

Northumbria Police works with groups from across the region to raise awareness in hate crime all year round. Activity this week includes; Attending community meetings, holding drop in sessions, running education inputs at schools, holding a social media Q+A sessions and taking part in local activities and initiatives.

 

Northumbria Police Chief Inspector Steve Hails from Northumbria Police 's safeguarding department, explains: "Targeting anyone because of who they are is not acceptable - this is a hate crime.

 

"If you have been hurt, threatened, abused, harassed or intimidated or suffered any other crime because of your Race, Faith, Disability, Sexual Orientation, Age or Gender Identity, this is Hate Crime.

 

"Report hate crime to the police, or if you prefer confidentially via a third party reporting scheme such as a Safe Reporting Centre, True Vision or Arch.

 

"If you are the carer of a disabled person or one of your family members is disabled and you are hurt, threatened, abused, harassed or intimidated or suffer any other crime because of a prejudice or hostility based on this individuals disability this is also a Hate Crime. You must report it.

 

"Hate Crime is an issue that we take incredibly seriously as a force and we can not underestimate the impact it has on victims. We absolutely support National Hate Crime Awareness Week and will taking part in many activities this week with our partners and the community to help raise awareness in what is a very serious issue."

 

Dame Vera Baird QC, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner said:  “I give my 100 per cent support to Hate Crime Awareness Week. There’s no place in our society for targeting someone for what they are and it will not be tolerated in Northumbria.

“This week is all about engaging with members of all our communities, to raise awareness that we have a clear stand against this and to highlight the support that is on offer throughout the force area. I will be taking part in activities this week with our partners to help with that.

“It really is important that all victims have the confidence to report hate crimes, if not to the police, to one of our partners.

“My message to anyone suffering any form of prejudice or discrimination is to feel that they can speak up. Nobody should suffer alone in this way – help is at hand.”

 

Any Hate Crime can be reported at Safe Reporting Centres across the force area. Full details of Safe Reporting Centres are detailed on Northumbria Police  website.

 

Hate crime can be reported to police using 101 in a non-emergency or 999 in an emergency.

 

Hate crime can also be reported through non-police agencies such as True Vision (http://report-it.org.uk/home) or ARCH.

 

Further information on Hate Crime is available on Northumbria Police website.Follow us using #NHCAW #NoHaters #WeStandTogether #BeingYou