“It is totally unacceptable that people should suffer abuse or harassment, or be targeted because of their race, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or their gender identity. Hate Crime has a harmful and lasting effect on its victims, as it seeks to attack an intrinsic part of who a person is.
It is our commitment to identify, protect and safeguard all vulnerable people within our communities and we look to celebrate the diverse make up of our society.
It is a matter of priority that we raise awareness and enhance society’s understanding of hate crime and as such we are proud to be involved with the new hate crime campaign ‘Zero Tolerance to Hate Crime’.
Our message is loud and clear, everyone has the right to feel safe – we promote a zero tolerance approach to Hate Crime.”
Chief Superintendent Jim Colwell
Commander for Devon, Devon and Cornwall Police
Everyone needs security, confidence and respect to live their life to the full. We all have a right to live our lives in peace and with dignity at home, at work or in the street. To help ensure that everyone is safe, Devon County Council works closely with the police and other agencies to raise awareness of Hate Crime and encourage reporting.
We recognise that prejudice related crimes and incidents cause a great deal of suffering for victims, and for their friends and families, as well as undermining cohesion in the community. We recognise that Hate Crime is as much of a problem in Devon as it is in other parts of the UK.
As a public authority we are also bound by the Public Sector Equality Duty (Part 11 of the Equality Act 2010) and more specifically the duty to give due regard to the need to foster good community relations (tackle prejudice and promote understanding). We are committed, through the Safer Devon Partnership, to tackling the problem of prejudice and Hate Crime across the whole county. We help raise awareness of Hate Crime through regular publicity and Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Reporting Hate Crime and Hate Incidents
Devon and Cornwall Police encourage reports of all hate crimes and incidents and are keen for these to be reported at the earliest opportunity. The Police urge communities, key networks and independent advisors to work with them to report incidents and ensure that anyone who may be a victim of such unwanted behaviour will receive the help and support they need.
To report an incident or crime you can use the following routes:
SMS/Text: 999 – if you are Deaf/hard of hearing or speech impaired.
- Non Emergency
SMS/Text: 67101 – if you are Deaf/hard of hearing or speech impaired.
To make a ‘third party’ report visit http://www.report-it.org.uk/report_a_hate_crime
You can also report in person at any police station.
Other ways of reporting
- Call 0800 138 1625 – 24 hour helpline from Stop Hate UK (coverage includes Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly policing area).
- Contact Victim Support on their national helpline 0845 30 30 900.
- Contact the Victim Care Unit by visiting their website.
- To report racist incidents you can contact Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality Council (PDREC: Tel: 01752 224555) or visit their website.
- To report homophobic or transphobic incidents you can contact The Intercom Trust – Phone: 0845 60 20 818 or visit their website.
- For rape, sexual violence and abuse visit Devon Rape Crisis.
If you, or anyone you know, has been a victim of a Hate Crime then please report it.
Too many hate crimes go unreported, leaving the offenders free to commit similar crimes again, whether against you or other members of our community. We understand that you might feel nervous about reporting it, but your information is vital to help us eliminate Hate Crimes.
Even if you don’t want it to go to court – please report it.
Even if you don’t want to give your name – please report it. You can remain anonymous if you want and give as much or as little information as you wish. What you tell us will help to provide a true picture of what is happening within our community.
Reporting Direct and Indirect Discrimination
Direct or Indirect Discrimination (including harassment) arises where a service, organisation, or employer treats someone less favourably because of a protected characteristic of age, gender identity or sex, disability, pregnancy/maternity, race/ethnicity, religion/belief or sexual orientation. Find out more.