Our Wales Campaign Manager and Campaign Worker (pictured) attended the Launch of the Vale of Glamorgan Hate Crime reporting scheme.
RACIST hate crime rose by 8% in just six months, according to new figures from South Wales Police.
There were 912 incidents of racial abuse and harassment across the force area between April and September last year, compared with 842 over the same period in 2008.
The statistic was released to the equalities group of South Wales Police Authority, which was also told the largest increase in recorded racial abuse was in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Members heard the 62% rise in the Vale equated to 16 more incidents, which could have been reported as a result of initiatives set up with taxi drivers and shopkeepers, encouraging them to come forward with information. Source: South Wales Echo.
Hate crimes may be physical or verbal attacks, threats or insults, and they are motivated by the victim's race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origins, religion or creed, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
Vale of Glamorgan Council stated, “We consider hate crimes to be any criminal action that is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice and hatred.
Hate crimes often go unreported, leaving offenders free to commit further offences. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a hate crime, please make sure that it gets reported. We need to know the number, type and range of incidents taking place in the Vale so that we can direct our resources towards dealing with them.” Source: VOG council
Inspector Nigel Crates, head of the minorities support unit of South Wales Police, told the Echo the increased numbers proved victims now felt more confident to come forward and report hate crimes.
He said: “South Wales Police is committed to being the best at understanding and responding to our communities’ needs.
“We have been working hard with all our minority communities and partner agencies to develop trust and confidence to report incidents of racially motivated crimes.
“Our aim is for the people of South Wales to live in an environment that is open and welcoming and free from discrimination, harassment and victimisation in the form of all hate crime, which includes racially motivated crime.
“We have a zero-tolerance approach to all hate crimes and encourage victims to report all incidents to us. Source: South Wales Echo
Our Wales Campaign is funded by the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Campaign Worker Jason Webber stated “the VOG Council have funded us again this year for our Anti Racist educational workshops in schools in the Vale, education is key to challenging Anti Racist attitudes but having a scheme to report and support victims of Hate Crime is another positive step towards eradicating Racism from Society.
SRtRC will continue its partnership in working with the VOG Council towards Anti Racism.
To Report a Hate Crime in the VOG please call 01446 700111 or visit the website HERE