WHAT IS HATE CRIME?
A hate crime is when someone is hostile or prejudice to another person because of their:
race or ethnicity
religion or belief
Incidents may involve physical assault, damage to property, bullying, harassment, verbal abuse or insults, offensive graffiti or letters /text messages/ emails/ comments over social media.
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
EMERGENCY SMS SERVICE FOR DEAF, HARD OF HEARING AND SPEECH IMPAIRED PEOPLE
In an emergency you can use your phone to contact the emergency services by texting 999.
You MUST register your mobile phone number before using this service. Just send the word ‘Register’ in a text message to the number 999 and follow the simple instructions you receive back.
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
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.
ONLINE HATE CRIME
If you perceive some online material to be motivated by hate and you think it originates in the UK, you should report it to the police, you can also report it here: https://www.met.police.uk/true-vision-report-hate-crime/hate-crime-online/
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
ON YOUR SIDE
On Your Side is a nationwide service that was launched in August 2022, offering dedicated support for East and Southeast Asian victims of racism and/or other forms of hate.
The service, funded by the Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities, includes a 24/7 freephone helpline available in East and Southeast Asian languages; a website with reporting forms and resources; and ongoing community-based support delivered by trained casework advocates.
REMEDI WEST MIDLANDS HATE CRIME VICTIM SERVICE
Remedi run a victims’ service which seeks to support those who have been subject to hate crimes across the West Midlands. The service provides emotional, personal and practical support for all victims of hate crime and accepts referrals from the police and other agencies as well as self referrals.
Freephone, operating 9am-5pm, Mon to Fri - 0800 488 0894 / firstname.lastname@example.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
DUDLEY SAFEGUARDING PEOPLE PARTNERSHIP
Introduction to hate crime - Level 1 - this is a basic awareness course developed in partnership with Dudley Safe and Sound and Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board.
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
DOCUMENTS & RESOURCES
For educational resources and session plans please visit: