Are being physically assaulted, called names, bullied? Are you feeling intimidated? Is your property being vandalised?
Then report it, or speak to someone at the Suffolk Hate Crime Service.
The Suffolk Hate Crime Service, in partnership with a range of agencies and businesses, operates a ‘Stay Safe’ Scheme in Suffolk. The Scheme is currently in Felixstowe, Lowestoft, Woodbridge, Needham Market, Stowmarket, Eye, Saxmundham, Wickham Market, Sudbury, and Beccles. Agencies are currently planning the scheme for Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket. Leading Lives and Realise Futures have committed to the scheme, with Realise Futures producing the Stay Safe Cards and supporting documents. Without their continued support the scheme would not be able to develop as it is doing. Many businesses, including shops, restaurants, banks and pubs across Suffolk display the specially-designed ‘Stay Safe’ window sticker to identify them, and provide help and support to anyone who comes to them or provide an environment for them to feel safe. This could include young people who are victims of bullying, people with physical or learning disabilities, or older people who may feel anxious when out and about in public areas.
The scheme is also being promoted to vulnerable people through agencies across Suffolk. Suffolk Dementia Care Team now provides Stay Safe Cards in their introductory packs for patients diagnosed with dementia; Suffolk Age UK display Stay Safe Stickers in many of their shops and hold a stock of cards. Suffolk Family Carers provide carers with Stay Safe Cards, ACE use the cards when supporting clients on visits along with a number of other agencies.
The Hate Crime Service Superviser, Deborah Charles, was declared the ‘Unsung Hero of the Year’ at the ‘Stars of Suffolk’ awards event held on 8 February. Deborah was nominated by a hate crime victim who described her as “her guardian angel”. The victim was subjected to repeated verbal abuse during February 2012. Deborah said “it was an amazing honour to be nominated but to win was overwhelming”. The Suffolk Hate Crime Service was also nominated and shortlisted in the recent National Independent Living Awards, Disability Hate Crime category.
If you are suffering Domestic Abuse, feeling threatened, harassed or physically or sexually assaulted by your partner, former partner or some-one who is or has been close to you; don’t suffer alone. Get help by talking to someone you trust or contact one of the organisations listed on Suffolk County Council’s Domestic Abuse page.