The Southampton Hate Crime Network

In 2017, SPECTRUM helped establish the Southampton Hate Crime Network. The network is a partnership of over 40 community and statutory organisations, tackling all forms of Hate Crime across the city. Our aim is to increase community cohesion by having all sectors involved in providing support to Hate Crime victims and raising awareness.

This video outlines what support our network provides to those affected by Hate Crime.

Since the network started tackling Hate Crime over three years ago, these are some of our key accomplishments –

To coincide with National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018 (from the 13th to the 20th of October), we worked with local marketing agency Carswell Gould to launch the ‘Love Don’t Hate’ campaign. The campaign is aimed at counteracting Hate Crime with a positive message about acceptance and celebrating diversity.

Large group photo outside SPECTRUM office with a Love Don't Hate poster

In October 2019 we helped expand the Southampton Hate Crime Smartphone reporting App, so that Hate Crime victims across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight could also access support.

Smartphone with Hate Crime reporting app start screen

In February 2020, we piloted Hate Crime education sessions for local Young People. Pupils from The Cedar School (for Disabled People) were invited to SPECTRUM to take part in a number of activities, each improving their understanding of Hate Crime.

Sam Waddington talking to a group of staff and pupils at Cedar School sitting round a table

In spring 2020 we worked with The Cedar School and Solent University to create anti Hate Crime posters.

Poster of showing cartoon children saying STOP HATE CRIME

As part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020 (from the 10th to the 17th of October) the network arranged for two virtual discussions to be held. The discussions were a chance for local community groups to share their views on the issue of Hate Crime, and provide awareness and information to the general public.

Screen shot of a Zoom meeting with 9 participants faces

From September – March 2021, our Hate Crime network is hosting several online sessions, to inform people about the different strands of Hate Crime; Disability, Sexual Orientation, Transgender Identity, Race and Religion. All of these will be hosted by network members with specialist knowledge on one of the 5 strands. Presentations and recordings from the sessions can be accessed here;

Disability Hate Crime Presentation 16 09 21

Gender Identity Hate Crime Presentation 07 10 21

During National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021, the network was pleased to talk on local radio station Unity 101 about the network’s achievements throughout the year. You can listen to the interview here;