PSNI Launches third #VOICES campaign video to mark National Hate Crime Awareness Week

  • 10 October 2016

PSNI Launches third #VOICES campaign video to mark National Hate Crime Awareness Week

Today we are launching the third in the series of short videos in our #VOICES campaign, to coincide with Hate Crime Awareness Week 2016.

Hate Crime Awareness Week, which began on Saturday and runs until Saturday 15th October, has become a focus for individuals and organisations to show their commitment to stopping hate. The theme this year is ‘Standing Together’ with all the people affected by acts of hatred which have occurred all around the world. 

The PSNI is proud to be part of the initiative and throughout the week will be raising awareness of the different types of hate crime, how hate crime has a devastating impact on victim’s lives, will be encouraging reporting and promoting local support services and resources.

Leading the campaign, Superintendent Paula Hilman said: “In this latest video we hope to further encourage members of the public to provide police with information about hate crime. The video, which is narrated by a victim, tells the personal impact of how racial hate crime and discrimination has had a shattering and distressing effect on her life. 

“We want people to stop, think and consider the impact their actions can have on individual’s lives. Racial hate crime as all types of hate crime, is unwarranted and unacceptable. It can cause long lasting damage and there is absolutely no place for threats and intimidation in Northern Ireland.”

Supt Hilman continued: “As a society we have a duty to protect our more vulnerable communities. We have a responsibility to ensure that people from all backgrounds live in a society where they feel safe and accepted. I cannot emphasise enough how vital information and public support is to us in order to make arrests and obtain prosecutions. Between 1st April 2016 and 1st October 2016, 563 hate incidents with a racist motivation were reported to police, 350 of which were recorded as offences. Behind each of these statistics is a victim. 

“The victim who was targeted in this video did not deserve to be treated the way she was. No one deserves this - it is simply wrong. Working in partnership, the PSNI will do everything it can to ensure that everyone living in Northern Ireland can live a life free from fear, discrimination and intimidation.

“However, we cannot fight hate crime alone. We all have a societal role to play and information from the public is essential. Reporting these appalling acts will help us to challenge attitudes, prevent hate and bring perpetrators to justice.”

Hate crime in all its forms is wrong. To help stop it, report it. There are now a number of ways to report hate crime in Northern Ireland – 

• In an emergency always ring 999. For other incidents ring the non-emergency number on 101 and select option 2 or alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
• You can also report online via:
• The PSNI website (https://www.psni.police.uk/crime/hate-crime/hate-crime-reporting)
• The True Vision website (http://www.report-it.org.uk/home
• The independent charity Crimestoppers (https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information-online/
• Racist Hate Crime Advocates:
Bi-lingual advocate - North Down & Ards, Newry, Mourne & Down, Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon, Mid & East Antrim bilingualsupportworker@migrantcentreni.org T. 028 9043 8962
Bi-lingual advocate – Belfast, Lisburn & Castlereagh, Antrim & Newtownabbey. bilingualsupportworker@migrantcentreni.org ) T. 028 9043 8962
Victim Bi-lingual advocate - Mid Ulster, Fermanagh & Omagh, Derry & Strabane, Causeway Coast & Glens, Support Northern Ireland (bilingualsupportworker@migrantcentreni.org) T. 028 71 372 235