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Reporting Hate Crimes

With June being Pride Month in the UK, Advice Portsmouth would like to remind you that we are a Third Party Hate Crime reporting centre. Hate Crime has risen every year since 2015, according to the government. While this is bad, it does also mean that more people feel comfortable coming forward to report hate. It also shows that police and the courts are taking hate crime more seriously. The rise in social media has led to new channels for hate crimes, but it has also made it easier to document offensive material.
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Advice Portsmouth are proud to be a Third Party Hate Crime reporting centre. Not all hate crime victims feel comfortable reporting their experiences to the police. This could be because visiting a police station can be intimidating or daunting to some people. Because of this, Third Party Reporting Centres have been set up as an alternative way to report a Hate Crime. They also offer confidential advice, and support victims along the way.

Who can be a victim of a Hate Crime?

Hate crime is when someone is victimised because of their race, religion, culture/subculture, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity.

Why does reporting a Hate Crime matter?

It’s important to report, no matter how big or small the hate is. Hate can divide people and if left untargeted can lead to divisions between whole communities. By pretending it doesn’t happen, those who do commit Hate Crimes will go undetected. This leads to areas being falsely represented and subsequently fewer resources being put forward to help areas in need.

Hate crime in Hampshire:

Hate crime statistics in Hampshire:

  • 2018-2021: hate crime saw an increase of 1000 cases
  • 2020-2021: 3528 reported cases
  • 2019-20: 2969 reported cases
  • 2018-2019: 2726 reported cases

This may not build a true picture of Hate Crime if not all cases are reported, but it’s still useful. While the statistics for Hampshire don’t narrow down where the crimes were committed, we can presume that the majority of it came from high population areas, such as Portsmouth and Southampton.

Reporting Hate Crimes

For more information about Hate Crimes in Portsmouth, the council have created a specific online page on their Safer Portsmouth website that is dedicated to Hate Crime. The page also links to another place to report Hate Crime: True Vision, a website run by the police.

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