How Suffolk is supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW

What is #NHCAW?

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#NHCAW stands for National Hate Crime Awareness Week. The week of action takes place between the second to third Saturday in October each year. It aims to bring people together, to stand with those affected by hate crime, to remember those we have lost, and support those who need our ongoing support.

Hate crime social media graphic (2)Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Police are working hard to provide a quality service to victims, their families and the wider community. We work alongside key partners, and communities affected by hate crime to tackle local hate crime issues.

Suffolk has an active Hate Crime Network which brings together a wide range of partners to help support a shared vision of raising awareness of hate crime, encouraging reporting and preventing and challenging prejudices that can lead to acts of hate crime.


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During this week we will be spreading a message of H.O.P.E.

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Further information on hate crime and where to seek help can be found at:

Some of the activities happening in Suffolk during the week, and ways in which you can support hate crime awareness week, include:


Suffolk Hate Crime Vigil 2018
Monday 15 October 2018 18:30pm at St Edmundsbury Cathedral IP33 1LS
Everyone welcome – no need to book

FREE e-learning training for partners to raise awareness of what hate crime is and how it effects communities. Over 200 people have already completed this training – we would love it if even more people could complete it during the week!!

Development of hate crime partnership training: The hate crime network have been successful in receiving a grant from Suffolk Community Foundation, through Suffolk Police & Crime Commissioner’s Fund, to develop and deliver hate crime partnership training. Further developments will be made around releasing this training during the week.

Phoenix Rising, in partnership with Realise Futures, will be delivering workshops across the county to raise awareness of Hate Crime, its impact, how/where to report it and understanding the consequences of Hate Crime.
Contact: Ria Towill –

Our diverse communities coordinators will also be involved this week.  Below are 3 of the meetings/events. There may be more, if so, we will post them here.

Migrant drop in
Run by Gyros – Volunteering matters
15/10/18 at 1000hrs Ginny Shoesmith
Syrian family resettlement group input. Suffolk Refugee support 15/10/18 at 1500hrs Ginny Shoesmith


Ladies group input International Women’s group
Run by Suffolk Refugee Support


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Hate Crime Awareness

What is a Hate Crime?

A hate crime is defined as – any incident which constitutes a criminal offence, perceived by the victim or anyone else as being motivated by prejudice or hate.

A hate incident is defined as- any incident which may or may not constitute a criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or anyone else as being motivated by prejudice or hate.

Hate crime can take many forms such as physical abuse, verbal abuse, emotional and psychological abuse, sexual abuse and financial abuse. It can range from non-verbal intimidation to physical violence. Whichever form the abuse may take, it is important that you tell someone.

How is it dealt with in Suffolk?

The Suffolk Hate Crime Service is now closed.  However, information about the future development of support to victims of hate crime in Suffolk will be published on this Blog when available. Please keep checking back with us.

In Suffolk we take any form of hate crime seriously, no matter how insignificant you may feel it is at the time. Are being physically assaulted, called names, bullied? Are you feeling intimidated? Is your property being vandalised?  It is important that you tell someone when you have experienced a Hate Incident or Hate Crime even if you do not wish to be contacted by anyone.

How do I report it?

If you, or someone you know have been a victim of a hate crime and you want to report it, contact Suffolk Police or call them on 101. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers  anonymously.

Always in an emergency call 999

Additional Information

Stop Hate UK, a national organisation, has produced a film ‘What is Hate Crime’ with British sign language, sub-titles and voice-over.




Stay Safe This Christmas

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As in previous years, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Police Community Safety Teams, together with many Partners, have put together this year’s Christmas Advent Calendar Campaign.  The aim of the campaign is to communicate, inform and generate more awareness about Social Responsibility and Staying Safe.

Staying Safe this Christmas campaign messages are about personal safety, property and home security, alcohol misuse, vulnerable people, and much much more.  Individual messages will published in a traditional Advent Calendar style on Social Media via Safer Suffolk Communities Facebook page and on Twitter via @SaferSuffolk using the hashtag #StaySafeThisChristmas.

We cannot hope to deliver all we would wish to achieve without the support of all of our Partners, so we would like to say a big Thank You to everyone for their input.   I would also like to encourage everyone reading this Blog to circulate it and Re-Tweet and Share the daily Advent Calendar messages to your colleagues, networks, family and friends.

The first Stay Safe This Christmas tip is from Suffolk Trading Standards.

When purchasing Christmas presents there is a website you can use to search for genuine products from brand owner approved shops. 

So as it’s 1 December, go ahead and click on the Advent Calendar window below to open the Christmas Staying Safe link for today.  Keep following us Twitter and Facebook for each new #StaySafeThisChristmas message.

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Be careful when purchasing gifts on-line

Leave the Kicking Off to the Football

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Football United Against Domestic Violence is a campaign by Women’s Aid, working with national footballing bodies, sports media, football clubs, the police, players and fans to send a clear message that domestic violence is always unacceptable. Together we aim to call out sexist behaviour that can underpin violence towards women and girls.

Women’s Aid are asking the footballing community to join with them to make a positive difference now to raise awareness and reduce the amount of domestic violence in the future.  So whether you are a ‘Fan’ or a ‘Club’ here is how you can pledge your support.

If you live in Suffolk and you want to talk to someone about domestic abuse, listed here are details of all the agencies that provide support, together with the national helplines telephone numbers.

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Suffolk Police have Officers who are highly trained to deal with domestic abuse situations who will listen and treat victims with sensitivity and respect. More information on the Police work on domestic abuse is available on the Police website, including the new Claire’s Law which was introduced in March 2014.  Claire’s Law, the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, allows people with concerns about their partner’s history to request background information.

Suffolk Police are also appealing to everyone to enjoy the new season by behaving appropriately. However an increased amount of alcohol and intensified emotions can often lead to an increase in public order offences and to domestic violence.


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The Suffolk Hate Crime Service supports victims and families of hate crimes and hate incidents.  If you need to report a hate crime or hate incident, there are various ways to do so.

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World Cup 2014 – Leave the kicking off to the football!

WomensAid Football United

Football United Against Domestic Violence is a new campaign by Women’s Aid, working with national footballing bodies, sports media, football clubs, the police, players and fans to send a clear message that domestic violence is always unacceptable. Together we aim to call out sexist behaviour that can underpin violence towards women and girls.

Kicking off a safe world cup

Suffolk Police are appealing to everyone to enjoy the matches, behave appropriately and leave the kicking off to the football! The Police are eager for everyone to be safe and enjoy the World Cup but are aware that an increased amount of alcohol and intensified emotions can lead to an increase in public order offences and domestic violence.  A series of posters are available to download for any premises that wish to display them. These posters cover domestic violence, public order offences and hate crime.

If you live in Suffolk and you want to talk to someone about domestic abuse, listed here are details of all the agencies that provide support, together with the national helplines telephone numbers.

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The Suffolk Hate Crime Service supports victims and families of hate crimes and hate incidents.  If you need to report a hate crime or hate incident, there are various ways to do so.

  Working in partnership to keep the people of Suffolk Safe




New scheme helps people stay safe in Aldeburgh

VULNERABLE people in Aldeburgh are set to benefit from a new scheme designed to help them feel safe when they’re out and about.  Ten businesses in the town, including St Elizabeth Hospice, Bedfords Estate Agents and the Ye Olde Cross Keys pub, are showing their support for the ‘Suffolk Stay Safe’ scheme by receiving training and displaying specially-designed Stay Safe window stickers. By signing up, they’re pledging to help anyone who comes to them for support.

This could include young people who are victims of bullying, people with physical or learning disabilities, older people or those who may feel anxious when out in public areas. People who carry Stay Safe cards – which hold personal information about them including their medical history, communication needs and emergency contacts – can therefore have greater confidence when leaving the house.

The scheme is being launched in Aldeburgh by staff working for the Sue Ryder Dementia Project, supported by the Suffolk Hate Crime Service. It follows successful rollouts in 12 other towns and villages across Suffolk. The aim is for every area to be covered by the end of the year.

Tracey Plested, community services manager at Sue Ryder, said:

We have been raising awareness of dementia in Aldeburgh and surrounding areas for the past ten months by running local engagement events and training. The Stay Safe schemes ties into the work we are doing by supporting the local community to support each other. We are pleased to be involved and to support the project to help make Aldeburgh a safer place to live.

Councillor Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for public protection, said:

All those involved in the project recognise the need for all individuals to feel safe in their environment and understand the importance of having places they can identify as safe places to go for help if necessary. I am absolutely delighted with the continuing success of this scheme, and our plans to extend it to other areas. It will give vulnerable people a sense of safety and security should they find themselves in a challenging situation. I hope as many businesses as possible will sign up to join the scheme. I am pleased to be able to launch this scheme and look forward to seeing the results.

Julie Phipps, owner of a crafts and homeware shop in the town, said:

Some time ago I felt unwell when I was out and was pleased to be helped by a kind person in a shop. I would want others to be reassured that there are very nice people in Aldeburgh who would help if you if you need it. If we help others who are vulnerable then it may prevent them feeling like they are in living in a wilderness.

Suffolk Stay Safe

Suffolk Stay Safe scheme is a partnership between a large number of agencies supporting vulnerable people living in the county.  It was a scheme initially brought to the Suffolk Hate Crime Service by The Young Voices Youth Parliament who were aware of a similar scheme in Cambridge. The partnership has extended over time to include the Dementia Project, Suffolk Family Carers, ACE, Sensing Change, Leading Lives, Sue Ryder, Suffolk Constabulary, Realise Futures and many others.  The scheme is managed by Suffolk Hate Crime Service on behalf of the partnership.

Suffolk Stay Safe currently operates in Felixstowe, Sudbury, Stowmarket, Beccles, Lowestoft, Ipswich, Kesgrave, Needham Market, Eye, Saxmundham, Wickham Market and Woodbridge.

Businesses interested in registering as a Stay Safe place and people wanting a Stay Safe card should contact the Suffolk Hate Crime Service or their local Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Suffolk Hate Crime Service

The Suffolk Hate Crime service supports people in all walks of life who have experienced prejudice on the grounds of race, religion or belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or age.

Sue Ryder

Sue Ryder provides incredible care for people with life-changing illness. Whether it’s bringing comfort to someone’s final days or enabling them to make the most of their life, we are here for them and their loved ones. We enable people to live the life they want, and do everything we can to ensure their time with us is the best it can be. We do this in our hospices, in our neurological care centres, in local communities and in people’s homes. 

New Disability Hate Crime Film

Hampshire Police have been working with a local theatre company to create a film that tackles the issue of disability hate crime.

‘Paul’s Story’ looks at the police response to the case of a young man with Asperger’s who is involved in what at first appears to be a dispute with his neighbour. It later transpires that he is suffering different forms of abuse from the whole community.

Blue Apple Theatre and Hampshire Constabulary were commissioned by the Home Office ‘Community Action Against Crime Innovation Fund’ to make the film as a training tool for police and to raise awareness of the issue within the wider community.

The film was shot in Winchester and involved around 100 people from across Hampshire. It stars local actors and police officers with an introduction from Chief Constable Andy Marsh. It will be premiered at the Everyman Cinema in Winchester on Saturday, June 1st.

Paul is a young man with Asperger’s who lives independently in his own flat. He is having trouble with his neighbours. Mrs Price keeps on nagging at Paul to move his bike. Instead, Paul shouts at her. Mrs Price calls the police and an officer called PC Gordon attends. At first, the incident seems to be a straightforward neighbour dispute, but there is something about Paul’s demeanour that makes Gordon suspect that something else might be happening. Unfortunately, Paul refuses to talk about it. He is in fact experiencing different forms of prejudice from the entire community. But can PC Gordon and his colleagues recognise and confront this before it is too late?

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Superintendent James Fulton said:

“‘Paul’s Story’ is a powerful film with a very important message: if you or someone you know has been intimidated, harassed, abused or experienced anti-social behaviour because of disability, don’t put up with it.“It’s easy enough to say, but I appreciate it’s not always easy to recognise abuse of this nature when it’s happening or to have the confidence to come forward and report it when you do. “If you are able to tell someone – the police, a friend, a carer – then there are many things we in the police can do to resolve the problems, prevent them from happening again and help you get the support you need.“Hampshire Constabulary is committed to protecting people from harm, particularly the most vulnerable in our communities and we’ll be using the film to help our own officers and staff to better identify disability hate crime and ensure we’re continuing to improve the service we provide to our communities.”

Director Will Jessop said:

“’Paul’s Story’ is a serious film about a serious issue. Disability hate crime is when people are targeted and scapegoated for the ills of society simply because they are perceived to be vulnerable, as if they are in some way less than human. “This is clearly unacceptable. It is a product of ignorance and fear, and every one of us has a responsibility to stop it. This film proves that we can. “It was humbling to see the extraordinary efforts of the whole community of volunteers, from people with learning disability to police to members of the local neighbourhood, who came together to make a statement: we are united against hate crime. “We made this serious, challenging film with friendship and endless good will. That gives me hope.”

James, who plays Paul in the film, said:

“It was very moving. You can’t believe how powerful the story is, when you’re trying to act. You’re all friends in real life, but it’s a bit disturbing. I feel sorry for Paul. People don’t really understand him.“It was fun when you were outside doing a big scene with lots of people and it was freezing cold. Then the police come in. I also enjoyed the fighting bits! That was an exciting scene. I think it was important to get it right. “It makes a change being the star. The police I met were very good. Very understanding. They all had patience. It was a very good experience.“Hopefully the police will get the message that they’ve got to understand people like us because sometimes we get picked on. It’s not easy when you have learning disability, but no-one is perfect. “That’s what my grandmother used to say. It would be good if the film could help stop hate crime. There’s still a lot of it going on.”

If you live in Suffolk and you or someone you know has been the victim of disability hate crime, or any hate crime, you can report these in a number of ways: