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New service to help victims and witnesses to report hate crime

on Tue, 14/08/2018 - 3:43pm

Victims and witnesses of hate crime who are not comfortable talking to the police now have a place to go to report incidents in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse.

Reporting hate crime can be difficult for a variety of reasons, for example, victims are often left feeling intimidated and may not feel able to speak directly with the police.

To help address this issue, the South and Vale Community Safety Partnership have launched this new service to provide people with a place to report hate crime in confidence to a specially trained member of staff.  The service is available at familiar locations across the two districts and incidents can be reported in person or by telephone.

Staff will talk to the individual about the incident and can offer to report it to the police on their behalf.  They will also refer them to Victims First, a service dedicated to ensuring that victims or witnesses receive the support they need to cope with and recover from their experience. 

Depending on the circumstances, and with the individual’s agreement, the member of staff can also involve other parties, such as a housing association or the district council, to help to address the incident and stop it happening again.

Cllr Elaine Ware, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “Being a victim or witness of a hate crime can be extremely troubling and stressful.  Staff at the reporting centres have been specially trained to support people who wish to report an incident and what they should do if other parties should be involved in dealing with the situation.”

Victims and witnesses of hate crime who are not comfortable going to the police can report the incident by visiting or phoning the following local locations:

Faringdon:

  • The Pump House (CAB Outreach), 5 Market Place, SN7 7LH - 03444 111444

Wantage:

  • Wantage Independent Advice Centre, 16 Market Place, OX12 8AE - 01235 765348

From an article on the VoWHDC website; see the original <here>.