Hate Crime Awareness Week


Hate Crime Awareness Week
Monday 12th – Friday 16th October 2020

Hate crime is an issue that affects the entire community. No one deserves to be targeted with abuse because of their disability or mental health condition, gender identity, sexual orientation, faith, race, religion or national origin.

Hate crime can escalate and spread if it is left unchecked within a community. It can include offences such as verbal abuse, criminal damage, bullying, assault, offensive graffiti and online abuse through the use of social media platforms.

This year, as part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week (12th - 16th October 2020), Barnet Mencap has teamed up with Barnet Council, the Metropolitan Police, Barnet Homes, Inclusion Barnet, Barnet Multifaith Forum and Middlesex University to raise awareness about reporting hate crime.

Join Our Hate Crime Awareness Week Events

  • Attend one of our Hate Crime Webinars:

Wednesday 14th October at 2pm: Safeguarding Concerns: “Are we identifying and reporting Hate Crime against vulnerable adults?” - if you missed this webinar or just want to watch it again, you can watch a recording here.

Thursday 15th October at 7pm: Online Hate, Harassment and Extremism: “Are hate groups still active during the pandemic?” - if you missed this webinar or just want to watch it again, you can watch a recording on the Groundswell Facebook Page.

  • Visit a Community Hate Crime Reporting and Information Stand: The Safer Transport Team (Metropolitan Police) will be out in the community to discuss hate crime concerns and give on-the-spot advice on reporting hate crime. They will be at Edgware Bus Station (12th from 10:30am) and Golders Green Bus Station (16th from 10:30am) and offer free information literature and a free gift! Check out more details here.

Please note these events will be COVID-safe and will adhere to strict social-distancing guidelines.

Could you be a Hate Crime Reporting Champion?

Hate crime can be reported to the police by a victim or a witness. During Hate Crime Awareness Week, we want to encourage our residents to speak up and report hate crime. Increased reports will allow the police and their partners to build up a statistical picture of hate crime hotspots, so they can target resources towards stopping it. This could include more police patrols or community workshops to bring people together. Sign up below to become a Barnet Hate Crime Reporting Champion now! We can send you regular information bulletins and invite you to attend free workshops and events.

    Last Year- Hate Crime Awareness Week 2019

    Last year, over 200 people signed up to become Hate Crime Reporting Champions, pledging to report hate crime if they witness it.

    A number of Barnet’s Councillors attended the week’s event’s, pledging support to Barnet’s anti-Hate Crime Campaign:

    "Celebrating our diverse and strong communities and taking a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime.”

    Hate Crime Awareness Week Pledges were signed by over 40 people, including some of Barnet’s Councillors and Organisation Leads. These were showcased on the Hate Crime Awareness Wall of Pledges.

    Check out the photospread from last year's Hate Crime Awareness Week.

    Reporting Hate Crime

    In an emergency CALL 999

    If it is not an emergency, call 101 or Report Online at www.report-it.org.uk

    For safety reasons, do not confront those who commit hate crime.

    Barnet Says: Stop Hate Crime

    Speak Up, Get Support, Report It

    To register for our events or for more information, please contact our Hate Crime Reporting Co-ordinator, Reshma Hirani at reshma.hirani@barnetmencap.org.uk

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