Hate Crime is extreme but sadly all too present in today’s diverse society. For most of us it’s impossible to understand what would motivate an individual to commit extreme acts of violence or bullying, yet Hate Crime offences continue to take place in the UK. Why?
Whether it’s Islamophobia, strong anti-LGBT sentiment or anti-Semitic, hate crime is usually derived from discontent in the community and can be terrifying for the victims. In the recent tragic case of the attack on London’s Finsbury Park mosque, an innocent man was killed and many injured. Why? Because its perpetrator was so filled with anger against Islam.
In the year ending March 2017, there were 1,260 incidents of Islamophobic Hate Crime recorded in the capital, alone. And that doesn’t include the many incidents that are not reported.
According to a recent feature in the Independent, more than 50 places of worship have applied for anti-hate crime funding since the Westminster terror attack. The Home Office Minister, Sarah Newton, confirmed that almost half of the applications received were from mosques.
However, Hate Crime does not exclusively target religion. According to the Huffington Post, almost half of LGBT Londoners have been victims of Hate Crime. What are the laws surrounding this, how do you respond to a Hate Crime incident, what shouldn’t you have to put up with? In today’s multi-cultural and diverse society, acceptance in all forms is key for happy communities.
If you are in a position where you work with those who might be vulnerable to Hate Crime, or would like to expand your knowledge of this subject, taking a short, informative e-learning course could well be of interest.
For just £15.00, Me Learning offer a30 minute introduction to the subject. You’ll find out about the facts around Hate Crime, how to support victims and how to deal with perpetrators. Why not take a look today?