What is a hate crime?
A hate crime is any incident where someone has been targeted or harassed due to their:
- sexual orientation
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity.
It can take many forms including verbal or physical abuse, threatening or abusive behaviour, damage to property or graffiti. We will help any tenant who is the victim of hate crime.
Why should you report it?
No one should suffer in silence. All hate crimes and incidents should be reported. By reporting incidents, you will help us and the police to build up patterns of behaviour locally, and highlight areas of concern within the community. But more importantly, you can get the support you may need and help ensure that offenders are brought to justice and cannot do the same to other people.
We are a third reporting centre for hate crime and hate incidents. This means you can contact us to report a hate crime, if you'd rather not talk to the police, and we can report it on your behalf.
What will we do?
- Deal with hate crimes from the victim's point of view
- Offer an interview within one working day of a hate crime being reported
- Provide immediate advice and information on support agencies and emergency contacts
- Make our services accessible to everyone
- Give both men and women the option of being interviewed by the same gender
- Support victims to remain in their own home
- Raise awareness of tackling all forms of harassment with our staff
- Enforce our anti-social behaviour policies and procedures and ensure everyone gets the help they need
- Help victims to access specialist agencies
- Support you to give evidence if you wish
Where appropriate, we will also take action against tenants who commit these crimes. In order to tackle hate crimes and raise awareness, we work with a range of partners including:
- West Midlands Police
- Wolverhampton Witness Service
- Safer Wolverhampton Partnership
To report a hate crime complete our Online Hate Crime Reporting Form or call 01902 551188.
- Last Updated: Friday, 07 October 2016 13:25