A group of 29 local organisations, led by SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living CIC, have come together to launch a new anti-hate campaign, ‘Love Don’t Hate’, to tackle hate crime in Southampton in conjunction with National Hate Crime Awareness Week (13 – 20 October 2018). This Southampton Hate Crime Network includes all 18 3rd Party Hate Crime Reporting Centres in Southampton.
Recent statistics reveal that Southampton is the second worst city in the UK for hate crime. Almost 600 incidents of hate crime were reported in 2016/7 – a 30 percent increase on the previous year – but community organisations including those already backing Love Don’t Hate, suggest the number of offences may even be much higher.
The organisations, which include Muslim Women’s Network and Southampton Voluntary Services, and represent all sections of Southampton society, launched Love Don’t Hate with the aim of raising awareness, promoting the reporting process, and, ultimately, encouraging people and other local organisations and businesses in the city to adopt a zero-tolerance policy on hate crime.
Ian Loynes, Chief Executive of SPECTRUM, said: “It is unacceptable that in a city like Southampton, people are being allowed to get away with treating others unfairly and maliciously because of their differences. We want both those personally affected by hate crime and those witnessing them as they occur to speak out.”
To make the reporting process easier, the community wide partnership has created a network of 18 reporting centres across Southampton, where victims can access support. A new smartphone app, Southampton Love Don’t Hate, has also been developed as part of the Love Don’t Hate campaign to promote online reporting.
The app, which is available to download on Google Play and Apple, allows its users to immediately report a hate crime to the nearest third-party reporting centre. Users can also request a call back from the nearest reporting centre via the app should they require it and use the app to learn more about what a hate crime is and the types of hate crimes that can occur.
Ian added: “Everyone in Southampton should feel confident and sufficiently empowered to recognise and report incidents of hate crime, yet we know from statistics and first-hand experience this is very often not the case.
“We cannot tackle crimes that are not reported, and so addressing under-reporting in the first instance is crucial to our broader aim of reducing these incidents and making Southampton a better and safer city, with zero tolerance of this behaviour.”
To download the app, and learn more about hate crime in Southampton and what you can do to help, visit Android or Apple AppStores and search for ‘Southampton Hate Crime’
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Notes to editors
There are currently 18 3rd Party Hate Crime Reporting Centres in Southampton, all working under a common brand which has been adopted across Southampton and Hampshire:
List of 3rd Party Hate Crime Reporting Centres in Southampton
- Breakout Youth
- City College
- EU Welcome
- Muslim Council of Southampton
- Muslim Women’s Network
- No Limits
- Southampton University Hospital
- Southampton Voluntary Services
- SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living
- Stepacross, 3rd Age Centre & City of Sanctuary Southampton
- Taqwa Mosque
- The Edge
- The London Hotel
- The United Voices of African Associations (TUVAA)
- West Itchen Community Trust
Facts and figures
In 2017, 83% of people taken to court by the Crown Prosecution Service for hate crime either admitted the offence or were found guilty by a jury or judge.
In Southampton, 574 incidents of hate crime were reported in 2016/7 – a 30% increase on 2015. 78% were reported as race hate crime.
The highest share of the city’s reported hate crime took place in the Bargate ward (29%). This is fuelled by the night time economy.
Portswood is the ward with the largest increase in hate crime. Hate crime reporting doubled from 2015 to 2016.
Millbrook is the ward with the highest proportion of disability hate crime.
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