Essex PFCC supports National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NationalHCAW
Posted 12th October 2023
“Hate crime has no place in Essex and I encourage all victims of such crimes to report the incident and seek any help they need from one of the various organisations who are able to assist.”
That’s the message from Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex at the start of National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2023 #NationalHCAW.
This year, the focus of the campaign will be looking ahead to a year of action that will spread a message of H.O.P.E through; raising Hate crime awareness, improving Operational responses, Preventing hate crime and Engaging communities.
The campaign will also highlight taking a stand against faith hate crime.
During the past year Essex has started to see a decline in racial and religiously aggravated offences and hate crime offences, but there are still far too many people being targeted for who they are, what they are or what a perpetrator thinks they are.
The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex supports various organisations across the county that help victims of Hate Crime and work to prevent it. Working with the Essex Strategic Hate Crime Partnership we are committed to making a difference to people’s lives by improving support services, encouraging reporting and tackling incidents of hate crime. The PFCC commissions the Essex Hate Crime Coordinator and provides funding to the 24-hour Stop Hate UK helpline service in Essex.
How to get help
If you’ve been affected by hate, please reach out for help:
Tell Essex Police
Call: 101 anytime (999 in an emergency)
Website: Report a crime | Essex Police
If you don’t feel comfortable with reporting hate crime to the police in the first instance, you can contact www.StopHateUK.org You can also visit one of our Hate Incident Reporting Centres and speak to one of our trained Hate Crime Ambassadors.
Alternatively, you can speak to Victim Support, a national charity who can signpost you to organisations who can help you. They can be reached on 08 08 16 89 111 or you can request support through their website. https://www.victimsupport.org.uk
If you wish to report hate crime you can submit information anonymously online via Crimestoppers. https://crimestoppers-uk.org/