National Hate Crime Awareness Week 201612 Oct 2016
National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2016 is underway and at RADAR we are marking this event with the launch of our brand new Diverse Communities educational tour. Hate Crime is extremely prevalent right now with latest figures showing that eight Hate Crimes are reported every day in Northern Ireland. This is any crime that the victim or any other person perceives to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards any aspect of a person’s identity. It may sound a bit complicated but really it just means targeting someone because of disability, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation. With Hate Crime becoming a growing problem, the law is evolving in response and the courts can, and do, give stronger prison sentences to anyone convicted of this type of crime.
During this awareness week our thoughts turn to the victims of such crimes and with this we are delighted to announce that we will be partnering with Victim Support NI; a charity supporting people affected by any type of crime. They offer a free and confidential service, whether or not a crime has been reported and regardless of how long ago the event took place and are an independent from the police, courts or any other criminal justice agency. Find out more at www.victimsupportni.co.uk
At RADAR we believe in young people. We believe they have the power to change their communities. We believe in prevention is better than a cure. Our Diverse Communities tour will address the key issues of disability, LGBT and refugee awareness and empower young people with the critical thinking skills necessary to challenge discrimination through thought-provoking activities. To book, visit our website at www.radarni.co.uk
For National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2016, we leave you with this thought. ‘Being you is not a crime. Targeting you is.’ We couldn’t say it better ourselves.
 Northumbria Police