The targeting of an individual due to their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, their transgender status or for any other reason based on their identity, has no place in 21st century society. All people should be free to live their lives without fear of prejudice, violence or hate.
An attack on someone because of their personal characteristics is an attack on the very core of that person’s humanity and can have a devastating impact on victims and their families. Even an isolated incident can have a long lasting and detrimental effect on the victim.
Victims are often afraid to leave their homes for fear of being targeted. This is supported by the fact that there are high levels of repeat victimization for this type of crime. Victims will often experience many incidents without reporting them to the police or to any other agency.
Surrey Police have joined forces with Stop Hate UK and SMEF (Surrey Minority Ethnic Forum) to tackle hate crimes and encourage people to come forward to report hate crime incidents either directly to police or through third-party organisations such as Stop Hate UK.
Stop Hate UK runs a 24 hour hate crime helpline (0800 138 1625) which acts as a reporting centre and provides independent support and reporting services 365 days a year. Crucially they have also developed a Hate Crime Reporting App specifically for Surrey. You can download the App from the App Store (Apple/iPhone users) or Google Play (Android users), simply search ‘Stop Hate UK Surrey’.
The App can be used to submit video, photo or audio evidence along with a report including location to Stop Hate UK. The information you provide will be reviewed and if you choose to share your contact details, you may be contacted to discuss details of the incident and further help and support that may be available to you. Anonymous reports will be shared with partner agencies within Surrey to allow them to have an improved understanding of the type of hate incidents occurring throughout Surrey.
Surrey County Council Community Safety page also has a dedicated section on Hate Crime which explains what is it, what to do if you are a victim of hate crime and what will happen if you choose to report it to the police.