What is hate crime?
Hate crime is any criminal offence or behaviour deliberately intended to harm or intimidate a person. It is often motivated by prejudice on the ground of race, colour, national origin, ethnic origin, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation.
It can take many forms including:
- Physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, arson.
- Verbal threats, offensive letters, abusive or obscene phone calls, intimidatory gangs, malicious complaints.
- Offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, rubbish-dumping outside your home or through a letterbox, bullying at school or work.
The Group takes a zero tolerance approach towards all hate crimes in our community and will take all possible steps to eradicate such acts through the appropriate use of legislation, policies and procedures.
We are determined to stop hate crimes in the Wythenshawe area. We will take legal action against any tenant who acts like this, or who lets people living with them or visiting them act like this. Anyone who commits a hate crime is breaking their Tenancy Agreement.
The effects of hate crime vary, but often include:
- Anger and fear of repeat attacks.
- Depression and worsening of existing health conditions, including mental health issues.
- A financial burden, for example, having to replace and repair vandalised property or having to take time off work.
- Victims changing their personal appearance, accommodation and, or daily patterns to avoid being victimised.
Policy and Procedure
Wythenshawe Community Housing Group believes that members of our community have the right to be treated with respect and dignity, irrespective of their race, religion, ethnic origin, gender, disability or sexual orientation. Therefore, hate crimes will be dealt with seriously and as a priority.
We will deal with all incidents in a sensitive manner and we can provide support in a number of ways:
- Respond within 24 hours of you reporting your harassment.
- Arrange emergency repairs or remove graffiti.
- Inform the police – with your approval.
- Lend you a mobile phone for emergencies – if you do not already have one.
- Taking legal action against the alleged perpetrator.
- Provide housing advice and guidance on rehousing issues.
- Identifying any additional support services that may be appropriate to use.
- Provide extra security measures – CCTV or lighting.
If you would like to speak to somebody about hate crime, please contact our Customer Services Team on 0300 111 0000 / 0800 633 5500.
Action against perpetrators
If we have enough evidence, we will take action against the people harassing you. The action we take will depend on the severity and nature of the harassment:
- Where the victim is in danger, we will pursue legal action immediately against the people responsible.
- In most situations, we will talk to the person responsible first and tell them if they don’t stop they could face legal action. If they keep harassing you, we will start legal action.
Reporting Hate Crime
If you have been a victim of a hate crime or have witnessed one, there are a number of ways you can report it to the authorities so the appropriate action can be taken.
- 24 hour report line: 0161 946 9501
- Customer Services: 0300 111 0000 / 0800 633 5500
- Online Form
Manchester City Council
- Manchester City Council Race and Hate Crime Report Line
- 24 hour reporting line: 0800 0830 007
Greater Manchester Police
- Report hate crime directly to the police
- 24 hour switchboard: 0161 872 5050 or ring 999 in an emergency
- Community and Race Relations Officers by area.
- Report it to True Vision anonymously: http://www.report-it.org.uk/your_police_force
You can also contact Simon Melloy, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group’s Hate Crime champion directly on 0161 946 7510 or email simon.melloy @wchg.org.uk