Suffolk’s Hate Crime Service is due to embark on a tour of the county as part of Hate Crime Awareness Week, which runs from 12 to 18 October.
The service, which is a partnership between Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Constabulary, will be holding a series of snapshot sessions aiming to increase both awareness and reporting of hate crime.
Each session will have a different focus including cyber bullying, transphobia and sensory loss. Sessions will be delivered in conjunction with partners such as The Befriending Scheme, Leading Lives, Sensing Change and A.C.E Anglia Ltd.
Dates and locations of sessions can be found on the Suffolk Hate Crime Service website: http://www.suffolkhatecrime.org.uk
Although nationally the figures for hate crime are high, they are still significantly under reported. Between June 2012 and June 2013 there were over 600 reports of hate crime across Suffolk.
Of these, 67 per cent were race related, 16 per cent were disability related, 11 per cent were as a result of sexual orientation, 5 per cent were religion related and 3 per cent were transgender related.
Councillor Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for public protection said; “By working closely with our partners in tackling all forms of hate crime head on, we aim to support individuals, groups and communities by helping people understand how their actions have an impact upon others.
“I would like to encourage anybody who has had any experience of hate crime or would like to find out more about what our services offer and how to report incidents, to come along to one of our sessions.”