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Hate Crime

Have you been intimidated, harassed, victimised or abused because of who you are or what you believe in?


If so, then you are a victim of hate crime.Hate crime


A hate crime is any criminal offence that is motivated by hostility or prejudice based upon a victim’s disability, ethnicity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender identity.

 

Hate crime victims may experience:


• Physical assault
• People swearing or making abusive remarks
• Spitting or insulting gestures
• People doing things that frighten, intimidate or cause distress
• Bullying at school, college or place of work
• Arson
• Having property stolen or damaged
• Disputes with neighbours

 


Report it!


Hate crimeHertfordshire Constabulary is keen to encourage victims and witnesses of hate crime to report incidents to police without fear and to reassure them that they will be taken seriously and treated with sensitivity. In fact if it can be proven that a crime committed against a person has been motivated by hate, offenders can face a lengthier sentence if the case goes to court. In addition to this, once a hate crime is reported and investigated, the Force works very closely with the Crown Prosecution Service to assist in the presentation of evidence throughout any court proceedings.

 

Incidents of hate crime can be reported via the non-emergency number Telephone 101. In an emergency, where there is an immediate threat to life or property always dial Telephone 999.

 

Online reporting

 

Alternatively hate crime can also be reported online through the True Vision website which all police forces and England, Northern Ireland and Wales are signed up to.  The online report will then be forwarded to the relevant local police force.

 

True Vision

 

True Vision provides information for victims and the public about what hate crime is, why it is important to report it when it happens and sets out the range of ways hate crimes can be reported, including via a new online reporting form.  The site also provides links to organisations that can offer support and advice on hate crime related issues.

 

Access the True Vision website at Web Link www.report-it.org.uk

 

Hertfordshire Constabulary understands that victims and witnesses may not always feel comfortable with talking directly to the police. Online reporting allows people to report a hate crime via a system which will then be dealt with by dedicated hate crime officers. 
 

Hate Crime Officers

 

Hate crimeHertfordshire Constabulary has specially-trained hate crime officers based in the Force’s Harm Reduction Units in Stevenage and Watford, which together cover the whole county.

 

These dedicated officers offer victims help, support and advice. They can meet victims in a place they feel comfortable and safe, and will explain options available to them. They can also be there for a victim if a statement needs to taken and if the case goes to court. Victims can be confident that they will be treated with respect and in confidence. 

 

Hate crimeThe Constabulary’s hate crime officers are based throughout the county and can be contacted via the force non-emergency number 101.

 

Support for victims and witnesses

 

Through the Witness Intermediary Scheme, Hertfordshire Constabulary can also provide support to victims and witnesses who may have learning difficulties, mental health problems, a physical disability or are under the age of 17.

 

A specially trained professional will be called on to help a witness or victim understand questions being put to them and to have their answers understood.    This person will then be present at each stage of the criminal justice process, from a police interview through to a trial. They help make the process accessible to some of the most vulnerable people in society and may be the difference between a witness being able to testify or not.

 

Hate Crime Film

Hertfordshire Constabulary has created a short film of victims' experiences of hate crime. Six Hertfordshire residents, who have experienced hate crime because of their disability, religion, transgender identity, sexual orientation and race, talk about what happened to them and stress the importance of reporting incidents to police. Click on the link below to watch it.

Hate crime film: Don’t suffer in silence

 

No-one has to put up with hate crime – report it!

 

Homophobic / Transphobic Crime

 

Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers (LAGLOs)

 

Hertfordshire Constabulary has trained a number of officers and staff as Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers (LAGLOs). Though they are not all LGBT themselves (many are) they are there to assist both victims and investigators of crimes. If you are a victim of any kind of crime and feel that you would be more comfortable talking to a LAGLO, just ask.

 

Watch the 'It Gets Better Project' video by ACPO / College of Police: