Hate Crime Awareness Week â€“14 â€“ 21 October
This week is National Hate Crime Awareness Week, a time to shine a light on hate crime, encourage victims to report and to deter perpetrators
Flintshire County Council is joining with partners across the region including other local authorities, North Wales Police and Victim Support, to work together to highlight the issues of hate crime and promote reporting to the Police and Victim Support.
A hate crime is any crime that is targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards them. These can be motivated by a person's disability, their race or ethnicity, their religion or belief, their sexual orientation or their transgender
The crime can be verbal abuse, offensive graffiti, threats, damage to property, assault, cyber bullying, abusive texts, emails or phone calls.
Flintshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Public Protection, Councillor Chris Bithell, said:
"Hate crime is widely accepted to be under reported and can have a significant effect on its victims, who should not tolerate having to suffer in silence. While levels of hate crime are relatively low in this county, I am pleased that we are working in partnership with Welsh Government and North Wales Police to raise the profile of this very important and pertinent issue."
If you or someone you know is a victim of hate crime there are a number of ways to report it:
Â· Call the Police directly by dialling 999 if you are in immediate danger, or 101 for non-emergencies or complete the North Wales Police on line reporting form which can be found here https://www.north-wales.police.uk/advice-and-support/stay-safe/hate-crime
Â· Telephone: 0300 30 31 982 [Free, 24/7] to contact Victim Support directly. Calls are treated confidentially and you have the option to remain anonymous.
Â· You can also report online at www.reporthate.victimsupport.org.uk