Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Hate Crime

Everyone deserves fair & decent treatment

 Have you or anyone you know ever been badly treated because people see you as different?

Have you ever been verbally abused, assaulted or had your property damaged by someone because of you deafness, race or any other reasons. If you have - you might have been a victim of a Hate Crime. The law in Scotland says that a hate crime is when one person behaves badly towards someone else because they belong to a particular group in society.

Who are the victims of hate crime?

People experience hate crime when others object to their race, religion, sexual orientation, a change in their gender identity or their disability. If you have been badly treated because you are seen as different in this way then you have probably been the victim of a Hate Crime. This also includes people who have been treated inappropriately because they are deaf or hearing impaired. It is illegal to treat you in this way and you do not have to put up with it.

What do we mean by a hate crime?

When we say that hate Crime means being treated badly we mean.
  • being assaulted,
  • having your property damaged or vandalised,
  • being threatened - including by telephone,
  • being given offensive letters, leaflets or posters.
  • being insulted including being called names or being made the subject of jokes about your deafness, race or other things. 

 What can you do about it?

You do not need to put up with this and suffer in silence - no one has the right to treat others in this way. Deaf Connections is one of a number of reporting centres where you can get assistance with hate crime issues. You can.
  • Come and see us and we will talk it over with you
  • Find out about services which could help you deal with the issue.
  • Allow us to help you report the issue to the police - you wouldn't even need to give your name if you don't want to
  • If you wanted to speak to the police we can help you to make contact and with communication.
Would you like more information?
We have been working with the police, deaf organisations and the Community Safety Partnership to help people deal with this issue. They have produced a leaflet with more information.
  • Link to full and Leaflet easy read versions of the leaflet
  • It is available in English, in other community languages
  • Link to English and other translated version of the leaflet
  • and in British Sign Language.
  • Link to BSL version

Reporting Hate Crime
Hate Crime can be reported directly to the police in person or online at their website.
  • Link to how deaf and hard of hearing people can contact Strathclyde Police.
Third Party Reporting
However if you do not feel comfortable with directly reporting to the police, you can contact a Third Party Reporting Centre. Third Part Reporting Centres can be local community groups with workers trained by the police to help assist you in reporting the crime in confidence.
Details of local Third Part Reporting Centres supporting deaf communties in Glasgow:

British Deaf Association (Scotland)
1st Floor
Central Chambers
Suite 58
93, Hope Street
G2 6LD
T: 0141 248 5554

Deaf Connectons - Ishara
Deaf Connections
100 Norfolk Street
G5 9EJ
T: 0141 420 2819
Textphone: 0141 420 2171
Email: Ishara@deafconnections.co.uk
Every Tuesday and Thursday: 10am - 3pm

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