Wyre Council is to join in a multi-agency group to commit to tackling and preventing hate crime in all its forms in Lancashire.
Hate crimes are any crime or incident which you believe is happening because of race, ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
Recent research publicised by Lancashire Victim Services stated that:
- 66% of lesbian, gay and bisexual people who experience a hate crime or incident do not report it to anyone
- 66% of people with disabilities fear being a victim of hate crime and almost half of those asked had already been a victim
- 64% of transgender people felt their quality of life was significantly affected by the fear of hate crime
- 90% of victims of racial hate crime said their most recent experience of hate crime has impacted on the quality of their life
- 45% of victims of religiously motivated, violent hate crime felt anxious as a result of their victimisation.
Councillor Roger Berry, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Service and Community Safety, commented: “The Lancashire Hate Crime Strategy links with the wider safer Lancashire community agreement and sets out how we will work together to address the hate crime priorities for Lancashire.
“Unless we take action to tackle the attitudes and beliefs that drive these crimes, too many people will continue to suffer.”
The overarching aim is to make the people of Lancashire safer by the elimination of hate crimes and incidents.
This will be done by:
- Preventing hate crime by addressing the beliefs and attitudes that can lead to it
- Responding to hate crime in our communities with the aim to reducing the number of incidents
- Increasing the reporting of hate crime
- Improving support for the victims of hate crime
- Building our understanding of hate crime.
Chief Inspector Ian Mills, commented, “This is a great opportunity for all Lancashire’s Local Authorities and partners, Lancashire Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner to work together to tackle hate incidents and crimes within our communities.
“Hate offences have a disproportionate impact upon the people, groups and communities of Lancashire, only by working together will we tackle this effectively.
“Lancashire Constabulary encourages all people who are subject to hateful abuse and crime to report it to the police.”
Joining the team will be local authorities in Lancashire, the University of Central Lancashire, Lancashire Constabulary, Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, Crown Prosecution Service, faith sector organisations and health services.
If you have witnessed or been a victim of hate crime you must report it. This can be done in a number of ways. In an emergency always ring 999, for non-emergencies ring 101, report anonymously online via True Vision or report online with Lancashire Constabulary.