What is a hate crime?
A hate crime is any crime which is motivated because of any of the following:
- religion or belief
- gender identity
- sexual orientation
- disability whether physical, sensory or mental
It is bullying behaviour and can take many forms from violence to name calling. Hate crime is wrong.
Suffolk Constabulary give high priority to the investigation of hate crime incidents.
"Hate crime is wrong. It’s important that if hate crime happens to you or someone you know, that you report it." Suffolk Police
How do I report it?
If you have experienced or witnessed a hate crime you can report it by:
- Using the Suffolk Police online reporting form
- Calling 101 but if it is an emergency call 999
- Report it anonymously online via the True Vision website
- or on the Fearless website
If you think emotional support would help then you can report it through Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care on their website or by phone and to get their support you don't need to report to the police.
Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care
If any young people are affected themselves or perhaps affected because their parents are victims, we can offer emotional and practical solutions to help them cope and recover.
We have Case Managers who work specifically with young people. The support is free, confidential and goes on for as long as is required
“We offer to support to anyone who is impacted by crime, if the crime is reported to the Police or not and it doesn’t matter how long ago the crime happened.” Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care
How to contact:
- Visit the Norfolk Suffolk Victim Care website
- Call 0300 303 3706 between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- 24/7 support is available via Victim Support on: 0808 16 89 111
Other sources of support
Support the No Hate in Suffolk campaign 2020
Over the last few months Toby Birch MYP, has been working in collaboration with Ipswich Youth Council, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Constabulary to produce resources aimed at young people (11-18 years old) for Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Earlier this year Ipswich Youth Council released a report on Black Lives Matter – A Youth Discussion. The report highlighted the issues facing young people not only nationally or internationally, but also locally in Ipswich and Suffolk. One of those being around hate crime based on prejudice around race. Toby’s manifesto also included tackling hate crime, so they were a good partnership building on the work of young people at West Suffolk College last year.
Listen to the Suffolk libraries podcast with the Ipswich Youth Council
Have you experienced a hate crime?
If so Suffolk UK Youth Parliament what know your experiences of hate crime via our anonymous survey. The results will be shared with our partners at Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Constabulary and used to tailor the support we campaign for.
“Essentially, the more young people who can complete the survey, the greater the voice, the greater the impact and hopefully will enable us to work collectively to address and respond to any emerging issues and concerns. Youth voice is a missing voice in terms of hate crime at the moment, but it is a very important voice.” (Suffolk Constabulary)
This years videos
Over the last few months Toby Birch MYP, has been working in collaboration with Ipswich Youth Council and the YMCA to produce resources aimed at young people (11-18 years old) for Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020.
Each video shares a different story.
(CAUTION: Please note video 2, below contains the word 'bloody' and bleeped word).
Last year young people from West Suffolk College created a hard-hitting video about their experiences of hate crime.
Follow the campaign on social media
You can also follow the campaign on social media/Twitter using #NoHateInSuffolk @SuffolkUKYP
For further details follow #NoHateInSuffolk #WeStandTogether on social media