The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is working with the police and Victim Support to help combat hate crimes during National Hate Crime Awareness Week which runs from Saturday 10 October to Saturday 17 October.
The aim is to raise awareness of what hate crime is and how to respond to it, encourage reporting, and let victims know about local support services and resources.
Hate crimes include offences where the offender has chosen a victim specifically because of the type of person they are or are thought to be. This could be because of disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender identity or lifestyle choices.
Physical and verbal attacks, vandalism and graffiti, cyber bullying, abusive text messaging and hate mail, offensive signs or gestures and threatening behaviour can all be classified as hate crimes. These crimes can have a devastating impact upon people’s lives and they often go unreported.
There will be stalls with information and help available at the following times and locations:
Monday 12 October from 2pm to 4pm, Customer Service Centre, Kensington Town Hall
Wednesday 14 October from 10am to 1pm, World’s End Community Day, World’s End Estate
Thursday 15 October from 1pm to 3pm, North Kensington Library, Ladbroke Grove
If you need help or want to report a hate crime you can contact the following:
- Police on 101
- National confidential helpline on 01708 765200 which offers emotional support to any individual on any issue
- Victim Support in Kensington and Chelsea on 020 7244 4551
- Victim Supportline on 08453 030900
For further information go to www.rbkc.gov.uk/hatecrime