Stop Hate UK has joined forces with Birmingham City Council and its partners on the Board of the Crime and Community Safety Partnership to tackle hate crime and encourage its reporting.

In establishing the partnership the Board and the City Council are demonstrating their commitment to preventing and tackling Hate Crime in all its forms. As part of this ongoing campaign, they have commissioned Stop Hate UK to provide reporting and support to people affected by Hate Crime and offer an alternative way of reporting incidents that support local policy and strategy.

Mike Lowe, the appointed Community Representative on the Board said;

“I am proud to champion the Introduction of Stop Hate UK into Birmingham. It is a clear message to all that Birmingham takes Hate Crime seriously – For when Communities are confidently united against Hate, we can prevent people from being victims in the future.”

Stop Hate UK is a national charity that provides independent and confidential support to people who are affected by all forms of Hate Crime. The Stop Hate Line is Stop Hate UK’s Hate Crime reporting and support helpline. Anyone in the City can contact the Stop Hate Line to talk about how Hate Crime has affected them.

The charity, whose Patron is Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon OBE, of Clarendon in the Commonwealth Realm of Jamaica set up the Stop Hate Line in 2006 in direct response to Recommendation 16 of the Macpherson Report (the enquiry into the handling of the death of Stephen Lawrence) states that victims and witnesses should be able to report Hate Incidents 24 hours a day and to someone other than the police.

The Stop Hate Line is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The helpline can support people in the area who report incidents where they believe they have been targeted because of any aspect of their identity including Disability, Gender Identity, Race, Religion and Sexual Diversity.

Rose Simkins Chief Executive of Stop Hate UK, said;

“All forms of Hate Crime are significantly under-reported. Some individuals and communities are reluctant or unwilling to talk to the police or their council. The Stop Hate Line gives victims and witnesses a safe and independent place to talk about their experiences and to explore their options for taking things further.”

Rose continued:

“People can contact the Stop Hate Line anonymously if they prefer. Where a victim has chosen to give their personal details to Stop Hate UK, their trained staff and volunteers will ask the victim who they want their details to be shared with. The charity can also share information with the police and council, with consent, to ensure that Hate Crime victims and witnesses can access the support they need.”

The Stop Hate Line is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year on 0800 138 1625. The helpline is also available by text message on 07717 989 025 and by email at talk@stophateuk.org.

Service users with Hearing Impairments can report via interactive BSL by clicking the link on our website www.stophateuk.org . Victims and witnesses can also chat on the web or fill in an online form by visiting www.stophateuk.org/talk.