There are times when victims or witnesses of Hate Crime might not feel comfortable reporting a crime directly to the Police and would be more able to report it to someone they are familiar with. To ensure everyone is better able to report Hate Crimes, Police Scotland works in partnership with a wide variety of voluntary organisations who perform the role of 3rd Party Reporting Centres. Staff within 3rd Party Reporting Centres are trained to assist a victim or a witness to make a report to the police.
Central Advocacy Partners has been a 3rd Party Reporting Centre for over 2 years, but our experience is that generally there is a lack of knowledge about the role of 3rd Party Reporting Centres. We would like to make you aware of the Police Scotland Hate Crime campaign, which is scheduled to run from the 17th August 2015.
The Equality Act 2010 replaced previous anti-discrimination laws with a single act which strengthens the protection afforded in some situations and creates nine protected characteristics, which cannot be used as a reason to treat people unfairly. Every person has one or more of the protected characteristics, so the act protects everyone against unfair treatment. The protected characteristics are:
• gender reassignment
• marriage and civil partnership
• pregnancy and maternity
• religion or belief
• sexual orientation
The campaign’s aim is to raise awareness of Hate Crime, how it impacts on victims, their families and communities, and how people can report it.
The campaign will be run mainly through social media platforms, with people talking about their experiences, how they felt, the impact the hate crime has had, what, if anything they did about it, and the ways of reporting hate crime incidents, particularly through 3rd party centres.
The campaign will run for 4 weeks. Each week will focus on a different strand
Week 1 – Disability
Week 2 – LGB/ Transgender
Week 3 – Race
Week 4 – Religion
There will also be posters, which will carry the following message:
Hate Crime – If you see something REPORT IT by calling 999 or 101.
If you want support to report you can go to one of our 3rd party centres where you see this logo.
‘Scotland no place for prejudice’
It would be great if you could support the campaign by providing a talking head, a quote or by raising awareness about the campaign on your own social media platforms. The time scales are tight so please let the Equality and Diversity Unit know as soon as possible if you would like to be involved. All contact can be made either through their mailbox email@example.com, or by phone on 01236 818923 or 01236 814710.
Central Advocacy Partners