Virtual Hate Crime Awareness Week
Northampton Borough Council and partners are coming together this October to raise awareness of hate crime via a virtual programme of activities marking the national hate crime awareness week.
Taking place from 10 to 17 October the campaign aims to reinforce the message embodied by the slogan “We Stand Together” and educate residents about the different types of hate crime, empower communities affected by hate crime and encourage the reporting of such incidents, whether it's just one isolated instance or repeated harassment by the same person or group of people.
Documentaries, performances, online events, poems and messages of support from local residents will be shared throughout the week via Northampton Borough Council's Facebook page.
Additionally, on Thursday 15 October Northampton Women’s Forum will host a virtual conference “BAME Women in a time of crisis” exploring how BAME communities have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, and how BAME women have risen to the challenge. The event will be streamed live on Northampton Borough Council's YouTube channel from 1pm to 2.30pm.
Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “We dream of a society which is free from hate, harassment and discrimination, where all people are valued for their unique identity.
“This awareness week reminds us how far we’ve come but can also inspires us to continue progressing towards a community where residents feel safe, included and accepted reminding us of the importance of reporting hate crimes.
“When you report hate crimes, you are making a bigger difference than you may think, it helps you get support and it helps us make your local area safer.
“If you tell us what is happening, different agencies (such as the police, local authority, charities and housing providers) can take action against the perpetrator and support victims and witnesses.”
Nicky McKenzie, assistant director of housing at Northampton Partnership Homes, said: “We’re proud to stand together with our partners across the town to support hate crime awareness week. We want our residents to feel safe to be who they are, and we encourage them to report hate crime incidents to us. We have a team of people specially trained to support you if you experience hate crime, and they will always keep your information confidential. By reporting incidents to us, we can work with partner agencies to take steps to keep you safe and stop this happening to someone else.”
Yemi Holman, Hate Crime Officer for Northamptonshire Police, added: “This national hate crime awareness week the police will be working alongside our partner agencies to engage with our communities and educate them around what a hate crime is, to support victims and to send a message that hate has no place in our society. We encourage people who have been a victim of a hate crime or may know of someone who is being targeted to come forward and report it.”
People can also #SpreadLoveNotHate and show their support during this hate crime awareness week by sharing @NorthamptonBC messages on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #WeStandTogether.
To report a hate crime online, please visit www.northampton.gov.uk/hatecrime or ring Northamptonshire Police on 101 or 999 if it is a live incident.