Have you been affected by Hate Crime or Hate Incident?

Hate crimes / hate incidents can take place anywhere, at home, in the street, at work, school or online.

No-one should have to put up with it and live with the fear, anxiety and consequences of hate.

A hate crime is 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, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Examples include:

  • Physical attacks, this includes physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti and arson.
  • Threats of attack, such as inciting hatred by words, pictures or videos, offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls, intimidation etc

A hate incident is classed as hate crime when the actions of the perpetrator break the law. That does not make hate incidents less important.

Hate incidents and hate crimes are serious offences with devastating impact on the individual, the family and friends of the victims and the wider community.

All reports of hate incidents and hate crimes are taken very seriously and will be treated with confidentiality.

Hate Incident Reporting Centres

HIRCs offer anyone who has experienced or witnessed a hate crime/incident the opportunity to report it if they would prefer not to report to the police.

The reporting centres are based at various community venues/organisations across Calderdale.

We would like to remind you that Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative, part of North Halifax Partnership is a designated reporting centre.

Useful page on Hate Crime on the Citizens Advice Bureau website

We can liaise on your behalf from recording and registering the occurrence, refer it to the police, the council and putting you in touch with other organisations that may be able to further assist you and your family.

To report a hate crime/ hate incident to us, please contact: Karen Scanlon on karen.scanlon@calderdale.gov.uk or call 01422 252209

In an emergency contact the police on 999, or in a non-emergency call 101 or you can report the matter through to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111

You can always report hate crime directly to the Police or Calderdale Council either online or over the phone.

To report online to West Yorkshire Police visit www.westyorkshire.police.uk

Please note that due to Covid19 the Hate Incident Reporting Centres are being reviewed.

For further information please contact Sail Suleman, Cohesion & Equality Officer (Hate Crime Reduction) on 01422 392869 or by email at sail.suleman@calderdale.gov.uk

Hate Crime Awareness Workshop

Lead the Way is working in conjunction with Stop Hate UK to offer an awareness raising workshop for adults with a learning disability in Calderdale. The workshop is being held on Tuesday 12 March, 1:30pm-4:00pm at Todmorden Community Resource Centre, Lever Street, Todmorden, OL14 5QE.

The aim of the workshop is help people to identify when hate crime or harassment is happening and to be able to report incidents.

There are a limited number of spaces for the workshop so book now by contacting Natalie at  natalie.ratner@cloverleaf-advocacy.co.uk or by calling 0300 012 0416.

Safer Communities Project – Mixenden Drop-in event

Disability Support Calderdale invite you to attend a drop-in event to share your thoughts and information along with asking questions at the afternoon session.

Thursday 27 October 2016 – 1pm to 3pm
At Holy Nativity Church, Sunnybank Road, Mixenden, Halifax HX2 8RX

Disability Support Calderdale is a charity that helps individuals who have been affected by crime around England and Wales and specialist teams help provide information and support people to recover and come to terms with incidents.

Disability Support Calderdale is a third party hate crime reporting centre and hate crime incidents can be reported at:

Disability Support Calderdale, St George’s House, 2 Lilac Street, Lee Mount, Halifax, HX3 5BT

 – Tel: 01422 353613 – Mobile: 07990833521 – email: dsmain@hotmail.co.uk

Hate crime drop in sessions

Disability Support Calderdale are running drop in sessions in North Halifax for people who have been the subject of hate crime.

Wednesday 25 May – 12pm to 2pm
Then every 3rd Wednesday of the month at Illingworrh Moor Methodist Church

The sessions will aim to raise awareness of what hate crime is and support with issues.

For further information call 01422 353613 / 07990 833521