People in Sandwell are being urged to recognise and report hate crimes as part of a new campaign.
Sandwell Against Hate will launch on Monday 10 October at a special event in Oldbury at the start of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Sandwell Council, West Midlands Police, Rights and Equality Sandwell and Victim Support are among a number of organisations to have joined forces to take the campaign across the borough.
The key message is: Don’t be a victim of hate just because of who you are, what you look like, what you wear, what you believe or who you love. REPORT IT!
The campaign will launch at a best practice forum on tackling hate crime at Sandwell Council House, Oldbury.
Monday’s event will focus on how to better support victims of hate crime and encourage reporting – and ask attendees to make a pledge on how they will help tackle it in their community.
Also planned for National Hate Crime Awareness Week in Sandwell are:
- School visits – to help young people recognise and report hate crime and explain what support is available; and
- A community roadshow – the hate crime team will be at West Bromwich YMCA on Friday 14 October, 10am – 12 noon.
Councillor Preet Gill, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for public health and protection, said: “Hate crimes must be recognised, recorded and dealt with wherever they take place.
“I want to thank the Safer Sandwell Hate Crime Partnership Group for organising these activities for National Hate Crime Awareness Week. This is just the start of our campaign.
“We need to get the message out there that hate crimes will not be tolerated in Sandwell and that no matter what type of crime it is – we are here to help and give support.”
Hate crimes can take place anywhere and to anyone, whether it is face-to-face, on the phone, online or a verbal or physical confrontation.
Sandwell Police’s Superintendent Richard Youds said: “We want people to have the knowledge and confidence to report hate crimes, and to know their reports will be taken seriously by the police, council and other partners.
“It’s not just victims who can report hate crimes – we urge anyone who witnesses a hate crime to report it. Support is available for all those who are affected by these horrible incidents.”
There are several ways to report a hate crime.
Or you can call:
- Sandwell Council: 0121 569 6000
- Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111
- Police (non-emergencies): 101
- Police (emergencies): 999
Places in the local community where you can report will also be announced soon.
Source: Sandwell Council Press Release