Understanding and making a difference to tackling Disability Hate Crime

Hate Crime vs General Crime

Any crime can be prosecuted as a hate crime if the offender has either demonstrated hostility based on race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity
Or

been motivated by hostility based on race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity
Someone can be a victim of more than one type of hate crime.

These crimes are covered by legislation (Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and section 66 of the Sentencing Act 2020) which allows prosecutors to apply for an uplift in sentence for those convicted of a hate crime.

The reason for failed investigation is ineffective reporting.

Be more specific. Provide more details.

victim vs perpetrator- responsibility falls on the victim

Victims are seen as vulnerable and insignificant not equal. https://bradfordforeveryone.co.uk/

It’s the first day of Hate Crime Awareness Week and we are encouraging victims of hate crime to speak out.

What is being done to fight this?

Monday, 11th October

Bradford District’s Hate Crime Strategy 2021-24 Launch Event

The event will bring together key partnership organisations, groups identified as one of the 5 ‘Protected characteristic’ groups, community and faith representatives.

Tuesday, 12th October

Hate Crime Conference

Hate Crime Awareness Week is week of actions to encourage local authorities, key partners and communities affected by hate crime to work together to tackle local hate crime.

Wednesday, 13th October

Coffee and Cake Morning

The Equity Centre is a Hate Crime Reporting Centre, however this event provides people with a chance to meet others over a hot drink and some cake/biscuits.

Eastern European Community Hate Crime Awareness

Several of the Districts main organisations working in the hate crime space such as Bradford Council, Bradford Hate Crime Alliance, West Yorkshire Police and Victims Support will be there to explain their roles, explain what is hate crime, where and how it can be reported and Q&A session

Thursday, 14th October

Hate Crime Question Time

The Panelists will explain what type of hate crime-related work they are undertaking and will answer questions from the online audience.

Hate Crime Awareness event for the Bradford African Community

Several of the Districts main organisations working in the hate crime space such as Bradford Council, Bradford Hate Crime Alliance, West Yorkshire Police and Victims Support will be there to explain their roles, explain what is hate crime, where and how it can be reported and Q&A session.

Friday, 15th October

Make Sure It Adds Up – Bradford District Anti Rumour Strategy

A chance to learn more about the Bradford For Everyone campaign to reduce rumours and increase critical thinking with the aim to reduce hate crime overall. Find out more about our online resources and forthcoming pledge.

Saturday, 16th October

Bradford City Football Club

BCFC have invited 30 members from the ‘emerging communities’ to attend the match, take the Root Out Racism banner onto the pitch before the game, players will be supporting the hate crime awareness week in the days leading up to the game.
For more information on reporting hate crime check out this website at: https://www.cps.gov.uk/crime-info/hate-crime.

Being different is not a crime. Victimisation is prejudice!

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