Hate Crime Awareness Week – 14-21 October 2023

Article dated Monday Oct 16, 2023 at 05:02 PM

Bradford Council, along with partner organisations, including Bradford Hate Crime Alliance, the police and Bradford Cathedral, has put together a full programme of events, activities and training to mark Hate Crime Awareness Week (14-21 October).

Highlights include a Service of Hope and Remembrance at Bradford Cathedral on Monday, 16 October; an LGBTQ+ Zine Making Workshop in Saltaire; an information stall at the Broadway Centre hosted by Bradford Hate Crime Alliance, with support from the police, Victim Support and Restorative Justice; an awareness stall run by Mary Street Residents on Gypsy and Traveller traditions; an online training session on ‘Incels, Misogyny and the Manosphere’.

The full programme can be found here - Hate-Crime-Awareness-Week-Programme-2023-Final.pdf (bradfordforeveryone.co.uk)

Cllr Abdul Jabar, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said: “This is a very full and varied programme and a great reflection of how the council and its partners work together to raise awareness and strive to educate people about Hate Crime and promoting better understanding across all our communities. I hope these events receive the support they deserve.”

A Hate Crime has been defined jointly by the police and Crown Prosecution Service as ‘any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice, based on a person’s disability or perceived disability; race or perceived race; or religion or perceived religion; or sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation or transgender identity or perceived transgender identity.’

According to recent figures, reports of Hate incidents in the Bradford District have seen a reduction of -1.28 per cent between 2021-22 and 2022-23 and a -3.62 per cent reduction for the 12 months up to May 2023. This follows the same trend as West Yorkshire overall which has seen a -6.9 percent reduction over the same period. 

It is recognised that local partners are actively engaged in initiatives to improve awareness of hate crimes, ensuring that everyone understands what constitutes a hate crime and how to report such incidents, with ongoing efforts to address underreporting.

Bradford Council, West Yorkshire Police and Bradford Hate Crime Alliance all work on a range of projects and training to raise awareness of Hate Crime, as well as promoting awareness days throughout the year.

Anyone wishing to report a Hate Crime should contact West Yorkshire Police on 101 but always call 999 if it’s an emergency.

Many Hate Crimes are not reported and 24 Hate Crime Reporting Centres have been set up with trained staff so people can report incidents without contacting the police. Anyone using these centres does not have to give their details. Report centres can be found here - Visit one of our BHCA centres - Bradford Hate Crime Alliance There is also an app which can be used to report Hate Crime - https://bradfordhatecrimealliance.com/listen-bradford-app/

Further information:

Understanding hate crime: https://bradfordhatecrimealliance.com/helping-you-to-better-understand-hate-crime/

Police website: https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/advice/abuse-anti-social-behaviour/hate-crime/hate-crime-hate-incidents/hate-incident-reporting-centres-hircs  

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