On 21st September, Knowsley Safer Partnerships, Knowsley Council and Vibe joined together to announce the No More Hate campaign.
Hate crime is defined as ‘Any incident which may or may not constitute a criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate.’
In Knowsley the following types of hate are recognised and recorded for the purposes of a hate incident:
- Race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origins
- Gender or gender identity
- Sexual orientation
- Any other lifestyle choice or perceived vulnerability which causes the individual concerned, or any other person to feel that the individual is being targeted as a consequence. Examples would include the homeless, rough sleepers, sex workers, goths, punks
Incidents could include:
- Verbal abuse, threats insults, nuisance telephone calls, name-calling and intimidation
- Physical assaults and attacks on the person
- Attacks against the person’s property, for example offensive graffiti, breaking windows, and damaging cars
- Setting fires
- Publishing and distributing leaflets and newspapers that are likely to incite hate crime is also a criminal offence
- Being singled out and being treated differently by other residents because you are not the same as them
Our young people have taken this challenge on, and have created a range of resources, taking over the Knowsley Safer Partnership channels, blogging for the slavery museum and creating videos sharing their experiences and how to report hate crime.
Reporting Hate Crime or Hate Incidents
We would always recommend that any incident of hate crime across Knowsley or Merseyside is reported to Merseyside Police, but all Merseyside Fire stations are safe havens where you can report incident too. You can also contact Stop Hate UK who are a national charity. They will pass your report or concerns to local organisations including Merseyside Police and Knowsley Council.