Northamptonshire Police is teaming up with partner agencies this week to champion diversity and tolerance to mark National Hate Crime Awareness Week (October 8-15).
A hate crime is when someone commits a crime against you because of your disability, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, religion, or any other perceived difference.
It doesn’t always include physical violence. Someone using offensive language towards you or harassing you because of who you are, or who they think you are, is also a crime.
Hate crime comes in many different forms and strikes at the heart of communities.
Along with partners which include North and West Northamptonshire Councils, the Force is making it clear there is no place for hate in Northamptonshire, and anyone affected by hate crime is urged to report it.
Assistant Chief Constable Ash Tuckley said: “As a Force, we are proud to support Hate Crime Awareness Week and I want to reassure our communities that incidents of hate crime should not, and will not, be tolerated.
“I encourage anyone who has been a victim of hate crime to come forward and report it. We are committed to providing support to victims and prosecuting those responsible.”
Hate crime can be reported to: Police - 101 or 999 in an emergency True Vision - report-it.org.uk Any local council
Support is available for victims of hate crime via; Voice – 0300 303 1965 Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council – 01604 400808 Northampton Interfaith Forum - 07757 020346 Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire - 01604 637522 Disability Resource Centre Bedfordshire - 01582 470 900 Find more information on hate crime and hate incidents here.