Hate Crime – Meet Rachel Walsh
Who will support you?
Hi I’m Rachel Walsh, I have been working at Disability Direct since April 2017, I am currently acting as Project Manager of the Hate Crime Advocacy Project. I was initially employed as a Bid Writer and Fundraiser for Disability Direct but have been seconded onto this project for one year (June 2018- June 2019).
What does the project do?
Disability Direct have been funded for one year by the Police and Crime Commission to set up and deliver an Advocacy Project focussing on disability related Hate Crime across Derbyshire. Working with the Centre for Hate Crime Studies at the University of Leicester and community partners across the county the aim of the project is to increase the understanding of hate crime through support and advocating for victims of hate crime, understand the barriers to reporting hate crimes and through this increase reporting.
Our main activities will be advocating for victims of hate crime and delivering free training and awareness sessions to organisations and community groups across Derbyshire to help them support their service users in understanding hate crime and how to report.
If you, or your organisation, would like to learn more about hate crime or feel that you or someone you know is a victim of hate crime please contact Rachel Walsh on 299449 or by email Rachel.firstname.lastname@example.org
What is a hate crime/hate incident?
A hate crime is any crime which is perceived by the victim or anyone else, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice towards someone because of:
- gender identity
- race or ethnic origin
- religion or belief including alternative sub-cultures
- sexual orientation
It can be against an individual or their property.
A hate incident is a non- crime incident, but can feel like a crime to those who suffer from an incident like this. Just as a hate crime, it is an incident which is perceived by the victim or anyone else, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice towards someone for the same reasons as a hate crime.
Hate crimes and incidents can be, but are not limited to:
- a physical attack like hitting and assault
- verbal abuse or insults including name calling or offensive jokes
- offensive graffiti
- spitting, insulting gestures
- neighbourhood disputes
- threats, harassment or intimidation
- unfounded malicious complaints
- people doing things that frighten, intimidate or distress you
- offensive letters, posters, emails, texts, phone calls, social media messages, photographs and videos
- damage to property or belongings, arson and vandalism
- maliciously dumping rubbish outside homes or through letter boxes
- bullying at work, at school or college or university
- befriending vulnerable people to take advantage of, exploit and or abuse them – often referred to as ‘mate crime’.
What is advocacy?
Advocacy is a service that aims to help you make yourself heard by offering support and guidance to help you communicate with others so that your views are heard and your rights are upheld.
An advocate will listen to you and understand what you want to what you want and then work with you to: Get your voice heard, get the information you need, explore your options and make your own choices.
Do you charge for the advocacy?
No all advocacy is free of charge.
What is covered in the training?
The training will cover the following as minimum:
- What is hate crime?
- Types of hate crime and the hate crime strands (Race, Religion/Belief, Disability, Sexual Orientation, Transgender)
- The distinction between a hate incident and hate crime
- How to report a hate crime and who to report to.
- What happens after you have reported a hate crime.
- Supporting people who have been a victim of hate crime.
Do you charge for the training?
No all training is free of charge.
How long is the training?
We can fit the training to meet your needs, it can be from a 10 minute presentation to an hour. It depends on the needs of the people attending training. We can offer training to staff members, volunteers and your service users. If you feel that your service users would benefit from more information on hate crime we can also arrange a drop in to meet with service users and have a more informal chat.
Where does the project work?
The project is across Derby and Derbyshire.
Why should I report a hate crime?
Hate crimes and incidents hurt, they can be confusing and frightening. By reporting when they happen to you or others you may be able to prevent these happening in the future to yourself or others.
How can I report a Hate Crime?
- In an emergency call 999 or 112
- Non-emergency call0345 123 33 33
- Phone Disability Direct on 01332 299449 to arrange a face to face meeting with Rachel at our offices on Pride Park
- True Vision via report-it.org.uk
- Stop Hate UK 0800 138 1625
- Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111
Email : Rachel.email@example.com
Tel : 01332 299449
The Hate Crime Project is funded by The Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire