Hate Crime

Hate Crime

The Safer Sandwell Partnership Police and Crime Board which consists of Sandwell Council, West Midlands Police and other organisations in the community has made tackling and eradiating hate crime a key priority.

What is hate crime?
A hate crime is hostility against a person or a group of people where they have been targeted because of their:

  • Race
  • Faith
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity
  • Disability
  • Any other characteristic that is different to that of the perpetrator’s or that which the perpetrator thinks is different

What are the impacts of hate crime?

  • Victims can be left traumatised and terrified
  • Negatively impacts on the health and wellbeing of victims and their family and friends
  • Can be violent
  • Can impact on an entire community
  • Can lead to tensions and conflict
  • What can I do about hate crime?
  • It is important to report a hate crime that you have been the victim of or witnessed. By reporting, you are taking action to stamp out hate crime in Sandwell.

Your report will be taken seriously and can help stop the perpetrator from doing this again and provide the police with information that will help them to protect everyone in Sandwell from hate crime. When a criminal offence is classed as a hate crime, courts in England and Wales have the power to give tougher sentences to the perpetrator. Also, by reporting, victims can get access to specialised support and advice that will help them to feel safe once more.

If you have witnessed a hate crime, it can also be helpful to a victim to speak to them in a friendly manner and make them feel reassured if it is safe to do so. This can show the victim they are not alone and might make them feel safer.

For further information about what to do if you or someone has been a victim of a hate crime please view the link for further information.

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