Victims of hate crime in Scotland are being urged to come forward and report their attacks as part of a new campaign.
'Speak Up Against Hate Crime', launched by the Scottish Government, aims to empower victims and witnesses of crimes based on race, religion, disability, sexuality or gender identity.
Between 2012 and 2013 there were more than 4,000 racially aggravated charges of hate crime reported, with a rise in reported incidents relating to religion, disability and sexual orientation.
Local policing divisions are working to gather intelligence on people suspected of committing a hate crime.
To report incidents of hate crime members phone the Police on 101, or 999 if it is an emergency, or report in person at any Police office.
A number of forces are joining together to raise awareness of racist and religious hate crime in Cumbria.
The event, being held at the Castle Green Hotel, is aimed at giving people a better understanding of what racist and religious hate crimes are.
There were almost 100 racist or religious hate crime prosecutions in Cumbria in the past year, and nearly 90% of these ended in successful prosecution.
A new campaign has been launched to try to combat the problem of disability hate crime.
Fewer than 20 crimes were reported across all of Cumbria last year - but police think that is because many are too scared to come forward.
John Bevir reports:
A campaign to raise awareness of disability hate crime is being launched in Cumbria.
The joint campaign between Cumbria Police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is being run over eight weeks, after discussions showed that a large amount of hate crime goes unreported.
A meeting was held with disabled people and disibility groups after figures showed that only 17 disability hate crimes were reported to police in Cumbria in 2012, in comparison to 166 reports of race hate crime.