CAMBRIDGE City Council is encouraging people to report hate crime as part of its support for the national Hate Crime Awareness Week, which runs until 20 October.
The week aims to raise awareness and bring communities together, to stand with and remember people affected by hate crime, and to support those who would benefit from ongoing support.
During the week, the council will be attending a session celebrating diversity called ‘Celebrating Us’ with the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner, where it will sign a pledge to work with the Commissioner to address hate crime in all forms.
Among the ways in which the council helps tackle the issue in Cambridge is by sitting with partner organisations on the local Hate Crime Steering Group, which looks at ways to reduce hate crime across the county.
The council is currently working with Cambridgeshire Constabulary to introduce a new online reporting tool to make it easier for people to report incidents.
It also recently announced plans to work on the Safer Spaces project which aims to provide Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Questioning people with dedicated places where they can feel safe, welcome and supported at all times.
Anyone affected by racial harassment, prejudice or a hate crime incident can contact the council for support and advice at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01223 457950. If it is potentially a criminal issue the council can also assist in reporting it to the police.
Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “Cambridge is a diverse and welcoming place to people of all backgrounds, but instances of hate crime do still occur here occasionally.
“We would like any members of the community who experience or witness hate crime to speak out and report it, in the knowledge that they will find support and help from the council and the other organisations we work closely with.
“Everyone in Cambridge, regardless of race, faith, gender identity, disability or sexuality, has the same right to lead a life free from harassment and prejudice, and it is important that everyone in the community stands together against intolerance.”