Reducing hate crime in Rotherham

Published Wednesday, 17th October 2018
Christine Cassell & Cllr Emma Hoddinott supporting the campaign against hate crime.
Christine Cassell & Cllr Emma Hoddinott supporting the campaign against hate crime.

Figures released by the Home Office this week indicate that reporting of hate crime has increased by 17% across England and Wales compared to last year.

The Safer Rotherham Partnership is tackling hate crime by making sure communities are confident to report incidents.

Cllr Emma Hoddinott, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety, explains “Hateful behavior towards people is completely unacceptable and we want to work with residents to stop it. It has no place in our town.”

An example project is delivered by Rotherham Ethnic Minorities Alliance (REMA), which has received Safer Rotherham Partnership support to help them encourage hate crime reporting. Last year, REMA delivered this initiative in partnership with Speakup Self Advocacy and The Rainbow Project, resulting in 117 additional hate crimes being reported between September 2017 and March 2018.

Rotherham Police delivered 48 awareness raising meetings and events in 2017-2018, attended by more than two thousand people. Hate crime awareness sessions have been carried out in schools to help increase awareness in young people.

A hate crime is any crime motivated by prejudice or hostility towards a person’s disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, or transgender identity. Hate crimes are extremely damaging to the victim and wider community. Hate makes people suspicious of their neighbours and people around them and damages community cohesion.

The Crime Survey for England and Wales found that victims of hate crime were more likely to report being affected by the incident rather than victims of all crime. For example, 36% of hate crime victims said they were ‘very much’ affected compared with 13% for all crime.  

The Safer Rotherham Partnership encourage anyone who has witnessed, or been subject to a hate crime, to report it to the police immediately by calling 999 in an emergency or 101 for non-emergencies. Alternatively people can report incidents online at  www.reportingcrime.uk/SYPincidentreport or by visiting Community Reporting Centre’s such as REMA.