A message of support for victims of hate crime

13 Oct 2015

A message of support for victims of hate crime

Staff at Cumbria and Lancashire CRC�s Preston office have donned purple ribbons in support of this year�s Hate Crime Awareness week (10th � 17th October 2015).

A hate crime is any type of crime that is targeted at a person because of their religion or beliefs, disability, sexual orientation, transgender identity or race.

The local campaign has been organised by Disability Equality NW (DENW) in partnership with Lancashire Constabulary, Preston City Council, Lancashire County Council and the Disability Hate Crime Network.

Penny Barker, the CRC�s Chief Executive, says: �A large number of hate crime incidents go unreported so campaigns like this one really do help to build awareness of the problem. Part of our role as probation practitioners involves working with perpetrators of hate crime. We are in the process of finalising a new intervention which aims to change the thinking and behaviour of offenders who commit these types of crimes, and we will be launching this new service later in the year.�

During Hate Crime Week, purple ribbons will be appearing across Preston. The ribbons contain people�s messages in support of those affected by hate crime. They will also be displayed on a tree in the Harris Museum where members of the public will be able to add their own messages.

Mel Close Chief Executive of DENW says: �This is a fantastic opportunity to get the public involved in learning more about hate crime and spreading the message that there is no place for hate crime in our communities.�

On Thursday 15th October DENW, Lancashire Constabulary, Preston City Council will be on the bus station from mid-morning with some fun interactive activities raising awareness of what hate crime is and how to report it.

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