During National Hate Crime Awareness Week from Saturday, 10 October to 17 October 2020, Rochford District Council reminds its residents that it is a Hate Incident Reporting Centre (HIRC) with trained staff members (Hate Crime Ambassadors) available to support anyone who is worried or concerned about hate crime. More information can be found on the Councils web page, https://www.rochford.gov.uk/hatecrime.
Hate Crime is defined as ‘any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someone based on a personal characteristic.’
There are five centrally monitored strands of Hate Crime: Race or ethnicity, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation, disability and transgender identity.
Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Community, Cllr Mike Webb said: “Hate crime has no place in our district, it sickens me to think that anyone should be victimised or attacked because of who they are.
“We want to reach out to all our residents, community groups and businesses to ensure our message is loud and clear that this behaviour will not be tolerated, and we all need to safeguard anyone who is vulnerable.".
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