Manchester's annual Hate Crime Awareness Week takes place this week (Monday 4th - Sunday 10th February 2019).
Over the week the city plays host to a calendar of community events celebrating diversity and raising awareness of hate crime and hate crime third-party reporting centres like Southway. You can view or download the full calandar on the website.
The city has also launched The Greater Manchester Promise, which says:
I’m proud that Greater Manchester is a place where everyone is free to be themselves: where no one should face violence, abuse or hatred just because of who they are, who they love, where they’re from, what they look like or what they believe. If I see someone abused like this I won’t stand by. I’ll take a stand and: SUPPORT THEM. CHALLENGE THEIR ABUSER, IF IT’S SAFE. REPORT IT.Let’s End Hate Crime – the Greater Manchester Promise
Do you want a play a part to stop hate crime? You can find our more and pledge your promise at letsendhatecrime.com #westandtogether. Or read on to refresh your memory on what hate crime is, and what you and we can do together to help stop it.
What is a Hate Crime?
Any incident committed against a person or group that is motivated by hatred towards their race, sexuality, disability, religion, age or gender. Examples of hate incidents include verbal abuse, vandalism, online bullying or damage to property and physical violence.
Hate incidents can harm individuals, families and society and can damage community relations. Southway is committed to ensuring good relations in our communities by actively monitoring and reducing hate incidents. We have developed a reporting system to help us deliver a consistent and professional approach to tackle this often hidden problem.
Aware of a Hate Crime? Here’s what to do
If you've been a victim of hate crime or if you know someone who has, there are lots of different ways to report it.
You can call GMP on 101, call Manchester City Council on 08000 830007 or report it online via True Vision at report-it.org.uk.
Southway also provides a service for tenants to report any hate crime through #stophateuk 24/7. Stop Hate UK is one of the leading national organisations working to challenge all forms of Hate Crime and discrimination, based on any aspect of an individual’s identity. They provide independent, confidential and accessible reporting and support for victims, witnesses and third parties.
In what circumstances can I report?
Hate Crimes and incidents are not acceptable and can be reported by anyone, whether that be witnesses, victims or perpetrators. If you want to remain anonymous, you can do.
How do I report it?
If you experience or witness a hate crime, please report it to us here (leave out your name and email if you wish to remain anonymous).
You can also report it by phone, email or in person at our office – details here.
Southway is a third party agency and we report any hate crime incident to the police.