A hate crime is when someone is hostile to another person because of their disability, gender identity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation.
Nationally, it is estimated by the police that half of all hate crimes go unreported. Dudley want to encourage people to report.
COMMUNITY COHESION AND HATE CRIME STRATEGY
Dudley’s Community Cohesion and Hate Crime Strategy aims to illustrate how partners will work together in order to retain high levels of community cohesion across the borough whilst identifying and responding to any arising tensions. It demonstrates how Dudley will continue to work to further reduce the incidence of hate crime, improve reporting and increase support for those affected.
The strategy is due to be reviewed and as part of this process we wish to consult with people who live, work or volunteer within the borough, in order to identify what they feel should be included in this strategy and in addition to communities how they can support the work of the partnership in these areas of work.
The current strategy is available to read below. After reading it we would appreciate your responses to a few questions.
A short survey can be completed at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BXRKRB2
National research has shown that incidents of hate crime are under-reported. safe & sound is committed to offering a variety of reporting mechanisms to ensure people are able to report in confidence where they feel most comfortable.
In Dudley, the main reporting options are:
WEST MIDLANDS POLICE: Call 999 in an emergency. For all other matters please visit WMPolice Online
WEST MIDLANDS POLICE HATE CRIME APP:
The Hate Crime App forms part of the West Midlands Police Strategy to make the reporting of hate crime more accessible and to help continue to reduce the reporting gap. It consists of a useful guide that provides information and advice on all aspects of hate crime, with different languages available.
The App also contains a reporting section that directly links to the West Midlands Police live chat service, in addition, it also offers other reporting options.
The App is available on both Apple and Android and can be accessed via the below links:
True Vision gives information about hate crime or incidents and advice on how to report it: www.report-it.org.uk
VICTIM SUPPORT: 01384 241511 www.victimsupport.org.uk
DUDLEY COUNCIL PLUS: 0300 555 2345
THIRD PARTY REPORTING CENTRES
Other options for reporting are known as third party reporting centres. These allow victims to
report acts of hate confidentially to organisations within their own communities.
Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks (MAMA) is a secure and reliable service that allows people from across England to report any form of Anti-Muslim abuse https://tellmamauk.org
Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people https://kooth.com/
THE WHAT? CENTRE
The What? Centre is a Young Person’s Advice and Counselling Service whose main base is Stourbridge and has another
building in Dudley. The organisation also specialises in supporting LGBTQ young people and holds weekly LGBTQ+
groups for 13-18’s and another group for 18-25’s www.thewhatcentre.co.uk
To find out more about hate crime, visit
DOCUMENTS & RESOURCES
DUDLEY'S COMMUNITY COHESION AND HATE CRIME STRATEGY
For educational resources and session plans please visit:
THE CENTRE FOR HATE STUDIES (University of Leicester)
The Centre works with organisations all over the world to improve responses through evidence-based training, research and evaluation.
The centre has developed a suite of digital training modules that will equip practitioners with the knowledge to develop sustainable responses to hate and extremism these can be accessed for FREE by registering on the site.
For more information visit: https://le.ac.uk/hate-studies