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Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council is raising awareness of its third party reporting centres during Hate Crime Awareness Week, from October 12th to 16th, to encourage the reporting of hate crime incidents.

The reporting centres allow members of the public who may have been victims of, or witness to, a hate crime to report an incident, which can be passed onto Cleveland Police.

A hate crime refers to criminal acts that are seen to have been motivated by bias against a person’s disability, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, religion or subculture – which is targeting someone because of how they act or dress. This can refer to incidents or crimes including damage, assault, verbal abuse and harassment.

The purpose of Hate Crime Awareness Week is to tackle hate crime issues by raising awareness of what hate crime is, how to respond to it, encourage reporting, and promote local support services and resources.

Working in partnership with the region’s Police and Crime Commissioners, the council will focus on a different type of hate crime each day on social media during the week to help build awareness. These include disability, religion, sexual orientation, race and transgender.

Front desk staff at the council will also be undertaking refresher training on how to handle hate crime reports to ensure all matters are dealt with sensitively.

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