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Hate Crime Awareness Week 10 – 17 October

Published: 07/10/2015

It’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week from 10 – 17 October. As part of a Welsh Government national campaign, Flintshire County Council has come together with its partners to highlight the issues of hate crime and to encourage victims to report it. Throughout the week partners across North Wales will be working with local groups and community organisations to raise awareness and encourage reporting of hate crime. They will also be promoting support services and resources that are available locally. Hate crime is a crime against an individual or group of people based on their identity or their perceived difference. It could be an act of violence, hostility or discrimination. Victims may have been bullied, harassed or abused because of who they are, their sexuality, gender, religion, ethnicity or lifestyle choice. The crime can be verbal abuse, offensive graffiti, threats, damage to property, assault, cyber bullying, abusive texts, emails or phone calls. Councillor Kevin Jones, Cabinet Member for Waste Strategy, Public Protection and Lesiure 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. I am pleased that Flintshire County Council working in partnership with Welsh Government and North Wales Police in striving to raise the profile of this very important issue.” Hate Crime should be reported by calling North Wales Police on 101 (999 in the case of an emergency) or Victim Support’s free 24 hour helpline on 0300 30 31 982 or online www.reporthate.victimsupport.org.uk


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