A new, free smartphone app has been launched to assist victims and witnesses to report hate crime and access support services.
Launched by leading hate crime charity, Stop Hate UK the hope is the app will encourage more victims of hate crime to come forward and boost confidence in reporting.
The new app helps those targeted because of their identity, and those who witness such incidents, to immediately report an incident in confidence and, if they wish, anonymously and without even speaking to anyone. Users can also be immediately directed to the police in an emergency situation, as well as access information about hate crime support services working in Merseyside.
Ian Willman, Head of Community Safety at Knowsley Council commented:
“It’s fantastic that our residents have access to this free app where they can report hate crime easily and anonymously. Knowsley Council is committed to raising awareness of what hate crime is and the forms it comes in, as reflected in our No More campaign. Furthermore, we want our communities to understand the options they have available to them to report hate crime. We understand there may be a reluctance to report to police but there are other ways. Our message is clear, you are not alone and you don’t have to suffer in silence.”
The App is available on Android and IOS platforms by going to Google Play or the Apple App Store and searching for ‘Stop Hate UK’.
Key features of the new app include:
- Allows picture, video or audio recording to upload directly from the device
- Easy to use with details of local resources and information about Hate Crime and Discrimination
- Links directly to leading independent organisation or to the police in an emergency situation
- Allows a direct response to the person making the report and referrals to appropriate organisations (including the police)
- GPS enabled to help plot the exact location of incidents
- Quarterly reports to monitor usage information and statistics
- No Pre-registration is required so reports can be anonymous
Visit Stop Hate UK.