Today marks the start of the 5th annual National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW.
The week starts with a special launch event at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, followed by hate crime awareness events across Merseyside and the UK. Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy will join the Force's Chief Constable, Andy Cooke, the Rector of Liverpool Rev Dr Crispin Pailing, Holocaust survivor Harry Bibring and Dr Gee Walker from the Anthony Walker Foundation for a multi-faith event at the Church of Our Lady and St Nicholas Church, in Liverpool city centre, at 1.30pm on Sunday 9th October
Mayors from across Merseyside and representatives from the Michael Causer Foundation will also attend together with representatives from Liverpool and Everton football clubs, faith groups, support organisations, housing associations and police officers. Find out more about this event here
Aptly, the theme this year is ‘Standing Together’ with all the people affected by the horrendous acts of hatred that have happened all around the world.
The week is organised by the anti-hate crime charity 17-24-30 No Hate Crime Campaign, in partnership with Stop Hate UK, the leading Hate Crime charity.
Last year over 200 events were organised and registered on the 17-24-30 website; its aim is to list as many hate crime events and activities taking place around the UK and add them to an annual National Hate Crime Google map.
The week’s aim is to encourage all of us including local authorities, local councils and local police services to work together with communities affected by Hate Crime across the UK to stage Hate Crime awareness events to promote a message of HOPE.
The acronym HOPE stands for:
- Hate crime awareness,
- Operational response to hate crime,
- Preventing hate crime and
- Empowering communities to report hate crime and access support services.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Merseyside is a vibrant and diverse region, home to people from all races and faiths, to people of all sexual orientations and genders and to people of all abilities. It is a warm and welcoming region, made stronger by that rich diversity.
“National Hate Crime Awareness Week is an opportunity for us to stand together to demonstrate that hate crime will not be tolerated across Merseyside.
“Nobody should be subject to abuse, fear or hatred simply because of who they are and this week we will be working hard to make sure all those who have been affected know there is help and support available.
“I would urge anyone who has been subjected to hate to contact Merseyside Police on 101 or, if for any reason they don’t feel comfortable speaking to the police, to ring independent charity Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625 who I have commissioned to provide 24/7 help and support.
“There are also more than 90 independent centres across the region where you can get help to contact Stop Hate UK - anywhere displaying a ‘red hand’ logo is part of this important network standing up against hate.”
Rose Simkins, Chief Executive of Stop Hate UK said: “We wholeheartedly support National Hate Crime Awareness week and we would encourage people to show their support to the many people affected by Hate Crime.
"Although every week is Hate Crime Awareness week for Stop Hate UK the week gives others the opportunity to show their support for this vital work and for us all to work closer together.”
Founder of 17-24-30, Mark Healey says “We are very proud that National Hate Crime Awareness Week is now being marked by so many local authorities and organisations around the UK.
"This will be our biggest year yet but there is still so much more that needs to be done. We need to get every local authority involved. We want people to organise and get involved in hate crime awareness events everywhere around the UK, to remember those we have lost, and stand together with all those affected by these horrendous attacks. Working together we will eliminate all forms of hate crime.”
You can find more information at Stop Hate UK or 17-24-30 or via social media using the hashtag #NHCAW.
Officers from Merseyside Police will also be taking part in an interactive Twitter Q&A on the subject of hate crime between 6pm-7pm on Tuesday 11th October. People can ask a question by following @MerseyPolice and using the hashtag #merseyendhate.