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Reporting Hate Crime on the Isle of Wight

Reporting Hate Crime on the Isle of Wight

Thursday 22nd March 2018

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There can never be any excuse for hate crime. If you or someone you know has been a victim of hate crime, you can now report it at the Citizens Advice Isle of Wight which is a Third-party reporting centre.

Hate crime is when a person, or group of people, bullies or hurts someone because they don't like who they are. This can include a crime or harassment, which is perceived to be motivated by malice, or ill will, towards a social group, by the victim or any other person. This can take many forms, online abuse or letters, verbal or physical abuse.

The attacker could be any age or anyone - a stranger, a parent, a carer, a friend or a neighbour.
Hate crime remains widely under reported. Not all people are comfortable with reporting their experiences directly to the police. Some may find visiting police stations intimidating or daunting. Having a reporting centre within the community offers another way of getting help.

Third party reporting centres offer confidential advice, help report crime, and support victims along the way. Victims can remain anonymous if they wish and don't need to contact the police if they don't want to.
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person's:

• disability
• race or ethnicity
• religion or belief
• sexual orientation
• transgender identity

By reporting hate crime, you may be able to prevent these incidents from happening to someone else. You will also help the police understand what hate crime is going on in your local area, so they and the community can respond to it better.

• Reporting hate crime and harassment
• Think about the safety of you and the victim. If either of you are in danger, call 999.
• If it's less urgent cases call 101 or Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.
• You can also report an incident to the Citizens Advice IW charity at :
7 High Street, Newport PO30 1SS any weekday 9.30am -3.30pm or find out other ways of meeting us here

• The Isle of Wight Community Safety Partnership are offering training to local organizations interested in helping people to report hate crime. for more information contact community.safety@iow.gov.uk