- Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week (5-11 February) to demonstrate that hate incidents and hate crime is not tolerated in Greater Manchester
- Consultation launched as part of week of action to better understand experiences of hate crime and to shape a new Greater Manchester Hate Crime Plan
- Activities to take place across city-region to raise awareness of support available to hate crime victims
Communities across Greater Manchester have a chance to help shape plans to tackle hate crime and support victims, as Hate Crime Awareness Week launches in the city-region.
Greater Manchester is a place where everyone should feel safe to be themselves. No one should face violence, abuse, or hatred just because of who they are, who they love, where they’re from, what they look like or what they believe. Hate incidents and hate crime will not be tolerated in Greater Manchester.
To mark Hate Crime Awareness Week, a consultation is being launched to seek feedback from communities across the city-region that will help shape the new Greater Manchester Hate Crime Plan.
The consultation is looking for the views of people who have experienced hate crime - either directly or have witnessed it - and also wants to hear from people on how we can build on the work that has taken place over the last five years to tackle hate crime in the city-region.
Activities will also be taking place across the city-region to both show a zero tolerance for hate crime and to raise awareness of support available for victims.
Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire, Kate Green, said:
“There is no place for any hate in Greater Manchester. We want everyone in our community to feel safe to be themselves without fear of prejudice or attack.
“Sadly, up and down the country we see horrendous acts of hate crime and we want to be greater than hate. Greater Manchester’s strength is its friendly people and its diverse communities. If people see hate crime taking place, I want them to feel empowered to report it, that way we can all tackle this despicable behaviour.”
Chief Superintendent Stephanie Parker, Strategic Hate Crime Lead for Greater Manchester Police, said:
“Hate crime is something that can have a huge impact on victims, massively affecting their confidence and feeling of belonging and acceptance in the place they call home. As a police force we are committed to tackling hate crime wherever it is reported to us and providing the best possible service to victims.
“From working with the CPS to improve prosecution rate to engaging with our vibrant communities, we will continue to work to rid the scourge of hate crime from the streets of Greater Manchester. If you have been a victim, please do get in touch with us – your safety is our priority, and we will do what we can to achieve justice.”
The consultation is open until 18 March 2024 Hate Crime Plan Refresh 2024 - Greater Manchester Combined Authority - Citizen Space (gmconsult.org)
For assistance and support if you have been a victim of hate crime, or to report an incident, visit letsendhatecrime.com.
Article Published: 06/02/2024 16:01 PM