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Source: United Kingdom Thames Valley Police

Between 10 and 17 October, Thames Valley Police will be supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

We will be raising awareness of hate crime, the signs to look out for and encouraging victims to report it.

A hate crime is any type of crime committed against a person which is perceived to be motivated by their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity. This can come in three forms:

  • Physical assault
  • Verbal abuse
  • Incitement to hatred

Incitement to hatred is when someone acts in a way that is threatening and intended to stir up hatred.

This can include messages calling for violence, web pages that show or describe violence and chat forums where people ask others to commit hate crimes against a specific person or group.

From September 2019 to August 2020, there were 7,794 reported hate crimes across the Thames Valley.

Superintendent Marc Tarbit, lead officer for hate crime said: “Hate crimes have significant and devastating impacts on their victims, both physically as a result of injuries inflicted, and emotionally.

“We’re here to remind you that it’s never ok to be targeted because of who you are.

“It is vitally important that people come forward to report these offences to us, whether they are a victim themselves or it has happened to someone else.

“Reporting incidents of hate crime can help us build a bigger picture and ensure that victims get the support that they need.

“Even if you don’t know the identity of the offender, reporting a hate crime can help us prevent it from happening again or happening to someone else.”

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