14 Feb · Manchester Settlement Administrator · No Comments
HATE CRIME REPORTING CENTRE LAUNCH EVENT
Manchester Settlement becomes a Hate Crime Reporting Centre
Manchester Settlement at the New Roundhouse launched as a Hate Crime Reporting Centre on the 5th of February as part of the National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
The launch saw 60+ visitors receiving information on what hate incidents are and how to report them. We spoke to local community members and handed out awareness raising publicity, talking about the differences between hate crime and hate incidents and the different ways to to report it.
We set up laptops containing information on hate crime provided by Manchester City Council website and other sites providing information on groups which provide support on hate crime such as TELL MAMA which works mostly with Islamophobic hate crime.
Most importantly we showed visitors the actual website where anyone can report hate incidents they see:
The event was possible due to the support of Manchester City Council.
So “What is a hate crime reporting centre?” you may well ask, well it means if you’re a victim or a witness of a hate crime or a hate incident you can come into the New Roundhouse and we will support you in reporting it either to the police or on the confidential website www.report-it.org.uk set up for reporting hate crime and incidents.
The next question is “What is hate crime or a hate incident?”
Hate crime is any criminal offence or incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s characteristic or perceived characteristic including:
Religion or belief
Trans and gender reassignment
A hate incident is exactly the same but when a crime has not been committed (for example laughing at someone because they belong to one of the above groups).
Why should you report hate crime and incidents? By reporting hate crime and incidents , you can help the police and other authorities build up a picture of what is happening in our city and support them in stopping it happening to someone else. Along side this, reporting hate crime makes a real difference; there is an 85% conviction rate for all reported hate crime in Greater Manchester.