Count down to #NHCAW begins...
National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW takes place between the 2nd Saturday to the 3rd Saturday of October each year - so this years week falls between the 8th to 15th October.
We are working in partnership with Stop Hate UK again this year.
Launch Event at St Pauls Cathedral
Free tickets for the launch event at St Paul's Cathedral on Saturday 8th October 2016 are available here.
Registration of Hate Crime Awareness Events
Registration is now open - events can be registered here.
We will add events to our National Hate Crime Google Events Map (we will be sharing the code to embed the Google map on our partners sites to maximise publicity).
We will also promote events via our social media - Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and YouTube. We will be using the hash tags #NHCAW #IDOHAR #WeStandTogether #NoPlaceForHate and #SafePlaceForAll.
International Day of Hope and Remembrance #IDOHAR for those affected by hate crime
Will take place on Saturday 15th October when vigils against hate crime will take place around the UK. If you are organising a vigil against hate crime please register here.
Annual Fundraiser and celebration of the end of #NHCAW
Will take place on Sunday 16th October - details will be released closer to the date.
Summer Fundraising Appeal launched to raise £1,000
We have set up a Sponsor Me page appeal to raise £1,000 which we will use to fund 20,000 Hate Crime Reporting Cards - which will be distributed in the lead up to #NHCAW. Donate here.
This fund will also enable us to order badges and wrist bands, and print more copies of our tri-fold leaflet and briefing documents.
London Hate Crime Stall
We have developed a new London Hate Crime Stall which we hope will tour London Libraries throughout the year to promote hate crime awareness. More info here.
The stall has it's first outing at The List Network LGBT Volunteering fair on the 26th April 2016.
London Hate Crime Reporting Cards
Over the past three years 17-24-30 sponsored 30,000 Lambeth Hate Crime Reporting Cards - of which 27,000 cards were distributed at Pride in London, Party in the Park/UK Black Pride and various other equality/community events.
A new London card has been designed to replace the Lambeth cards and 17-24-30 has sponsored the first batch of 10,000 cards. We plan to raise funds to sponsor 20,000 more cards this year.
Hate Crime Reporting across London is Up
As a result of our work, and the work of others - we are pleased to see a significant rise in hate crime reporting across London.
Met figures indicated that reported homophobic hate crime is up 19.4% against last year.
However reporting levels still fall far short of the figures we should be expect according to the England and Wales Crime Survey - we have a lot more work to do to encourage more people to report what they are experiencing - especially across the other hate crime stands - particularly Transphobic hate crime and Disability hate crime.
We will continue to work in partnership with all communities affected by hate crime.
We signpost and applaud the on-going work of other third party independent advice and support organisations including;
- Victim Support
- Community Security Trust
- Inclusion London
- Metro Charity
- Tell Mama
- The Monitoring Group
Links to all of these organisations are included on our Hate Crime reporting page here.
Key Hate Crime Community Safety Partnerships
There is a statutory duty for local authorities (Council, Police, Health, Fire and Probation Service) to form local community safety partnerships and develop local community safety plans to tackle local crime issues - this should include plans to tackle hate crime.
We aim to shine a brighter light on these partnerships and plans - to ensure that hate crime is raised higher on the agenda.
We can only succeed with your on-going support so please forward this email on to your colleagues, friends and families. Thank you.