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Special event to help victims of hate crime

A special event is being held this week for anyone who has been affected by - or is worried about becoming a victim of - hate crime.

As part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018, Mencap supported by the Safer Hambleton Hub and Hambleton District Council, is holding a drop in event at Northallerton Town Hall.

The event will run from 10am to 1pm on 17 October.

The event will raise awareness of this crime and offer support and guidance to those potentially affected by it.

The event will raise awareness of this crime and offer support and guidance to those potentially affected by it. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Its’ key message ‘Different? No Difference!’ aims to show how hate crime can affect all sections of the community, regardless of background. If victims have been targeted because they are thought to be ‘different’ through their race, religion, faith, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity it makes no difference - it is still a crime which needs to be reported and communities need to know that there are organisations who are there to support them.

Sue Lear, Development Manager at Northallerton and the Dales Mencap Society said:

These crimes need to be talked about - victims should not simply put up with them because they are believed to be different.”

“There will be a host of organisations at the event including the Street Angels and the Supporting Victims team highlighting how they can help. People can talk to officers who can advise on crime prevention techniques as well as give advice on reporting these crimes.

“We know through national and local research that hate crime is under reported, victims will anecdotally tell us that incidents have happened but that they don’t report them because it’s something they put up with. We want to be clear through this event that nobody has to put up with being a victim and if you are targeted because you’re thought to be different there is no difference for the police and other organisations. These crimes will be investigated and support is available.

"I encourage everyone who has been or is worried about being a victim to come and talk to us.”

– Sue Lear, Development Manager at Northallerton and the Dales Mencap Society

Organisations at the event are:

  • Street Angels
  • Northallerton and the Dales Mencap Society
  • Hambleton and Richmondshire Local Area Group
  • North Yorkshire Police
  • Safer Hambleton Hub
  • Supporting Victims
  • Victim Support.