#SpreadLoveNotHate on National Hate Crime Awareness Week

Published: 12 October 2020

It’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week this week and SLH is playing its part to raise awareness, encourage the reporting of hate crime in our communities and to ensure colleagues know what to do if they witness or are told about hate-related behaviour.

Through the week on our social media we’re providing customers key information about hate crime, how to report it, and how the Community Safety Team responds to and investigates this type of anti-social behaviour. 

On Wednesday the Community Safety Team will be making witness support calls to tenants currently experiencing ASB. 

Please like and share our posts on social media and follow the hashtags below to get involved with this year’s campaign:

#NationalHCAW #WeStandTogether #NoPlaceForHate #SafePlaceForAll #SpreadLoveNotHate #StopHateStartHere

What is Hate Crime?

‘Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived transgender’

(Chief Police Officers’ and the Crown Prosecution Services’ definition)

SLH is committed to responding to all forms of hate crime, hate incidents and harassment in a robust way.

Read more about our approach to Hate Crime on our website.

How to report Hate Crime

You can report hate crime in a number of ways:

  • Merseyside Police by calling 999 (in an emergency) or 101 and on-line here
  • Directly to SLH, by contacting the Community Safety Team. They can do this by calling 0330 303 3000 or via our Report ASB form on the website: 
  • Stop Hate UK is a national charity supporting victims of hate crime. Customers can report hate crime directly to Stop Hate UK here or by calling 0800 138 1625
  • Crimestoppers has a dedicated hate crime service where you can report incidents online or over the phone. 

Four things we’re doing to make a #SafePlaceForAll

Our Community Safety Team works hard to combat hate crime in our communities, working with wider teams and external partner agencies. Here are four insights into the work of the team.

  1. SLH attends a monthly multi-agency hate crime meeting where agencies refer in victims of hate crime and share information on how best to support victims and help put a stop to the behaviour.
  2. If a tenant reported a hate crime or incident they would be interviewed within one working day, provided with a witness support package and given weekly witness support calls throughout the duration of their case investigation.
  3. If the hate crime involves elements of noise nuisance customers can be provided with access to a Noise app. The Noise app can hold recordings on a secure website where it is possible for the Community Safety Officer to listen to the recordings, send and receive messages and download recordings into the case management file. Noise app recordings can be used as evidence in legal action.
  4. The Community Safety Team can provide victims of hate crime with cameras, PIR (passive infra red) alarms, window and door alarms to make them feel safer in their homes.

More information: Hate Crime

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