The results of last month’s referendum have generated a new period of economic and political uncertainty, and initiated a rise in racially-motivated hate crime. Reports of hate crime have increased by 57% in the wake of the Brexit vote, according to the National Police Chiefs Council.
We join our partners Community Works and others, in standing against this rise in hate crime, and in saying no to hate. At TDC, we are committed to taking an approach where we will not tolerate behaviour that harms or is likely to harm others, particularly when it stems from prejudice against another based on a person’s race, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or marital/civil partnership status. The community development work of our organisation facilitates community cohesion and we respect everyone’s identity and their rights to live, work and volunteer in the vibrant and diverse communities we are so proud to support.
We particularly want to say we welcome EU and other overseas visitors, workers and residents in the UK. We hope that you continue to feel able to participate in, and feel valued in, our local communities. Along with others, we say “you are welcome here”.
OUR OWN WORKERS HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS
“To our shock, our own workers have already experienced the impact of racial harassment. It is the right of every member, of every community to be treated with respect and dignity and to live in an environment free from harassment, hatred and abuse. I want to stress how important it is to us at TDC, that we do not tolerate the normalisation and mainstreaming of racism, or any kind of context for a general lack of tolerance for difference.”
Linda Saltwell – TDC CEO
REPORTING HATE CRIMES CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Hate crime in any form is wrong. This is why it is important that if a hate crime happens to you or someone you know; you should report it. Therefore, we strongly encourage people in communities across the city to report, and have the confidence to do so.
Reporting makes a difference – to you, your friends, and your community. By reporting a hate crime when it happens, you can help stop it from happening to someone else. You will also help the police to better understand the level of hate crime in your local area, and improve the way they respond to it.
Useful Contact Details
If you’ve been affected by or witnessed a hate crime, you can report it to the police by calling 999, or to the community safety team. There’s also an app which you can use to make reporting hate crimes easier.
You can also get help, advice and emotional support from the independent charity, Victim Support.
Please share this information with anyone who has been effected by hate or harassment.
A national charity for victims and witnesses of crime in England and Wales.
Tel: 0845 3030900
An anonymous free phone line where you can report any criminal activity that you are ware of in your community, in complete confidence.
Stop Hate UK
Provide 24 hour independent support to people who have been affected by Hate Crime.