Hate crime victims urged to speak upBy Julie Spencer
November 27, 2012
Victims of hate crime are being urged to not suffer in silence.
Wokingham Borough Community Safety Partnership is working with Stop Hate UK to help people targeted because of disability, gender, race, ethnicity, faith, or sexual orientation.
The charity offers 24-hour support by phone, text and online for people to report crimes and seek advice.
Mark Redfearn, Wokingham Borough Council’s community safety manager, urged victims to contact Stop Hate UK, Thames Valley Police or the council.
He said: “It is important we provide as many opportunities as possible for people to access help and support about hate crimes.
“Far too often we hear of people who have suffered in silence for far too long because they thought dealing with abuse was something they had to put up with.
“We want them to know help is available and their lives can be better.”
Research reveals an estimated 80 per cent of hate crimes are not reported.
Inspector Pete Oliphant, deputy local policing area commander, said: “Although the Wokingham borough is a very safe and pleasant place to live and work, we cannot be complacent, and so this service will help vulnerable victims to come forward and receive the service they need to help improve their lives and bring the perpetrators of this evil crime into the criminal justice system.”
Stop Hate UK is on 0800 138 1625 (24-hour confidential helpline). Victims can also contact the police on 999 (emergency) or 101 (non-emergency), Wokingham Borough Council on (0118) 974 6000, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or Victim Support 0845 30 30 900.