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Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021

by Alison Cornmell

It’s Hate Crime Awareness Week (9th-16th October 2021) and Knowsley Council continues to remind residents that any incident of hate crime is one too many and, with partners, say ‘No More’.

Last year Knowsley Council launched the ‘No More’ campaign which aims to raise understanding of what hate crime is and where and how it can be reported.

Alongside raising awareness and encouraging communities to support inclusivity and diversity, the Council also convenes regular meetings with a specific focus on hate crime and ways to identify and target issues. Partners including the Council, Merseyside Police, local housing associations, The Anthony Walker Foundation and others come together regularly to share their knowledge and experience, identify or tackle specific issues and develop long term strategies and plans to address key areas of concern.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said:

“Any incident of hate crime in our borough is one too many and we say No More. No More to hate crime. No More to discrimination and No More to a minority of people having the power to impact on the lives of so many.

“Although hate crime accounts for only a small percent of recorded crime in Knowsley, we also know that some instances go unreported, so we urge people to come forward if you have been a victim of or witnessed an incident of hate crime.

“Key to us tackling hate crime is working with partners to address the issues and establish ways to best support those who experience and witness such incidents. By sharing specialist knowledge, we can build our understanding of hate crime and support residents and communities affected.”

WHAT IS HATE CRIME
Hate Crime is defined an act where the victim or anyone else thinks it was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on one of the following things:  Disability, Sex, Age, Race, Religion, Transgender identity, Sexual orientation. You can read more about what Hate Crime is here.

HOW CAN I REPORT HATE CRIME?
If it feels like the situation could get heated or violent very soon or if someone in immediate danger call 999 straight away.

You can report hate crime online or call 1010. If you’d prefer to speak to a police officer in person visit a police station, Merseyside Police can provide a safe and comfortable environment at any of our police stations.

Alternatively, if you don’t feel comfortable reporting it to the police you can report it to Stop Hate UK 0800 138 1625.

SAFE HAVENS
Reports can also be made and safety can be found at Merseyside Fire and Rescue stations across Knowsley and Merseyside. Providing there are fire officers on site, you can report any incident of hate crime here. If the fire station is closed and you need immediate assistance all fire stations have yellow phone boxes outside the building that will connect you to the emergency response control room.