Preventing hate crime
Wiltshire schools can help to promote positive relations and reduce the harm caused by hate crime, by increasing pupils' understanding of hate crime and prejudice and enabling them to explore ways of challenging it.
In Wiltshire and Swindon a Hate Crime Group has been set up to combat all forms of hate crimes and incidents by working together to meet the needs of victims, take firm action against offenders and prevent hate crimes happening.
What is hate crime?
A hate crime is any unacceptable behaviour that a person thinks has been caused by the hostility, prejudice or hatred of others against them or their property. This may be because of their:
- Race - Skin colour, nationality, ethnicity or heritage
- Religion - Faith or belief including agnostics and atheists
- Gender - Male, female or non-binary
- Gender identity – Transgender, birth gender, gender variance, questioning
- Sexual orientation - Lesbian, bisexual, gay, heterosexual, questioning
- Disability - Physical, learning disability, autism, hearing loss, visual impairment, mental health.
Hate crime can happen in many different ways, it could be:
- verbal abuse and name-calling or
- threats or intimidation or
- physical attacks or violence sexual violence and murder or
- graffiti or abusive writing or
- damage to property, including arson or
- bullying or harassment or
- online trolling
Hate Crime Awareness week is during October
Hate crime briefing sheet (Wiltshire Police)
Hate crime information leaflet (Wiltshire Police)