Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Hate Crime:
Redbridge Victims’ Advocate

From a leaflet dished out at the Redbridge Pensioner’s forum

Supporting High Risk & Repeat Victims 
of Anti Social Behaviour and Hate Crime

What are Hate Crimes?
'Hate crimes' are any crimes where the perpetrator's hostility or prejudice against an identifiable group of people is a factor in determining who is victimised. Hate crime is generally regarded as any incident where the individual has been targeted due to their:

  • race
  • faith
  • sexual orientation
  • disability
  • gender identity
  • age
  • the perception that someone fits into one of these categories when they do not

These incidents can be committed randomly, or can be part of a campaign of continued harassment or victimisation by a stranger, customers, neighbours, extremist groups or even a family member. If you have been the victim of or witnessed a Hate Crime or incident you can report to:

  • Emergency: 999
  • the Police: at your local police station [Sic!]; or by dialling the non-emergency number 101
  • the Council Anti-Social Behaviour Hotline (020 8478 4679)
  • online at Report-It (you don’t have to give your name)

The Victims’ Advocate
This year, Redbridge Community Safety Partnership (CSP) has placed an additional emphasis on addressing the needs of the Borough’s repeat victims of Hate Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour. To support this, Redbridge Council has commissioned Victim Support to provide a dedicated part-time Victims’ Advocate post. The main function of the Victims’ Advocate is to:

  • provide advocacy, practical and emotional support to local vulnerable and repeat victims of hate crime and anti-social behaviour with an emphasis on those individuals identified through the Partnership’s new Redbridge Victims Panel
  • encourage people to report hate crime & anti-social behaviour and raise awareness of the support available to victims
  • to support repeat and vulnerable victims of hate crime and anti-social behaviour through the criminal justice system

Although Victim Support works closely with the Borough’s Community Safety Partnership, we are not a government agency or part of the police and you don't have to report a crime to the police to get our help. The service we offer is free, confidential and available to everyone.

Antisocial Behaviour
Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) is any aggressive, intimidating or destructive activity that damages or destroys another person's quality of life. Although there is no single definition, the following are often described as anti-social behaviour:

  • Nuisance neighbours
  • Rowdy and nuisance behaviour
  • Yobbish behaviour
  • Vandalism and dumping rubbish
  • Begging and antisocial drinking
  • The misuse of fireworks
  • Constant dog barking, or howling
  • Loud parties in residential areas
  • Excessively amplified music
  • Harassment, abuse or crime targeted at you because of prejudice against your race, religion, sexuality, gender-identity, disability or age. These are also hate crimes.

If you are affected by or have witnessed Anti-Social Behaviour, you can report it to:

  • the Police: at your local police station [sic!]; or by dialling the non-emergency number 101
  • the Council Anti-Social Behaviour Hotline (020 8478 4679)

Not sure what to do? Worried about reporting?
Other Useful Telephone Numbers

Police (Emergency): 999
Police (Non-emergency): 101
Redbridge Community Police Team: 07904 640 042
Crime Stoppers: 0800 555 111
Hate Crime Helpline: 0800 138 1625
Redbridge Council Anti-Social Behaviour Team: 020 8478 4679
Citizens Advice Bureau: 020 8514 9540

Useful Websites & Email Addresses
Victim Support 
Redbridge ASB Team 
Metropolitan Police
Crime Stoppers
Citizens Advice Bureau

In an emergency always dial: 999

Victim Support
Victim Support’s North East London office is based in Clayhall and supports all victims of crime in North East London including Redbridge. The ASB and Hate Crime Caseworker is also based at the Victim Support Office.

Unit 10, Bourne Court, Southend Road, IG8 8HD

If you are a victim of Hate Crime or ASB you can contact Redbridge Victim Support on Tel: 020 8550 2410 Office or email the Victims’ Advocate  or Mobile: 07535 625 814

Alternatively you can contact Victim Supportline on 0845 30 30 900
Victim Supportline is open on weekdays from 9am to 9pm
Weekends from 9 am to 7 pm, and Bank Holidays from 9am to 5 pm
Calls are charged at a local rate

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