Hate Crime support and how to report There are ways that you can get support if you are subject to a hate crime or hate incident. Support can help you with reporting the incident when it happens, this can help us to stop it happening again.

Support & Report

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  1. What support is available?
  2. How do I report hate to the police?
  3. Posters and community resources
  4. Help and guidance on the Equality Act 2010

What support is available?

There are a range of organisations that can provide support to anyone that has experienced or witnessed hate crime or a hate incident and would like to talk to someone about it and help them make a report to the police.

Many of these organisations also provide support to community organisations and businesses to help them to develop more inclusive approaches.

These organisations have been specifically trained to assist with third party reporting, as well as providing support for people affected:

More information about these organisations and their contact details are shown below.

Disability Cornwall

A values-based, user-led charitable company with a mission to represent, include, support and empower people living with a long term health condition or disability, their families and carers in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly. They also support community organisations and businesses to develop more inclusive approaches to meeting the needs of their clients and customers.

Telephone: 01736 756655 or 759500

Email: [email protected] Web: www.disabilitycornwall.org.uk/  

SMS: Text ADVICE to 78866

Travellerspace

A registered charity supporting Gypsies, Irish Travellers and New Travellers in Cornwall and the South West. They also raise awareness about Gypsy and Traveller cultures and traditions and the issues that affect them, including developing and delivering training and workshops for schools, service providers, and other statutory and non-statutory agencies.

Tel: 07939 210014 / 07534 983046 

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.travellerspace-cornwall.org/

Pentreath Ltd

A Cornish charity providing support and guidance to people across the county experiencing and recovering from mental ill health. They offer support to help people believe in their potential an achieve their vocational goals, whatever challenges they face.

Telephone: 01726 862727 

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Web: www.pentreath.co.uk/

Yay Cornwall

A part of Intercom Trust, YAY! (Young and Yourself) Cornwall is a youth group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and questioning young people up to the age of 25 who live, work or who are visiting, at school or college in Cornwall.

Helpline: 0800 612 3010 (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm)

Confidential e-mail: [email protected]

Websitewww.yaycornwall.org.uk

Online contact form: Contact Us (lgbtqyouthcornwall.co.uk)

The Intercom Trust

Intercom is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community resource in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and wider south west. They provide help against homophobic and transphobic prejudice, crime and discrimination (including bullying, harassment, abuse, attacks and threatening behaviour) and help to develop the LGB/T communities, providing professional training and consultancy, working in partnership with local government, the police and health workers.

Helpline: 0800 612 3010 (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm)

Confidential e-mail: [email protected]

Website: www.intercomtrust.org.uk

Victim Support

Victim Supportline: 0300 303 0554

Web: https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-and-support/get-help/support-near-you/south-west/devon-and-cornwall

If you have hearing difficulties, you can call the TextDirect access number: 18001 0300 303 0554

Citizen’s Advice

An independent charity and a member of the Citizens Advice Service. They offer free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to individuals on their rights and responsibilities. As an organisation they value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination.

Contact them at any Citizens Advice office – find your nearest office here Our Offices | Citizens Advice Cornwall

Adviceline: 0800 144 8848 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm

SMS: Text ADVICE to 78866

Website: www.citizensadvicecornwall.org.uk

Safe Haven

A registered charity located in Cornwall that provides loving support to transgender and non-binary people, their partners, families and friends. They provide a safe private venue for people to come and socialise, make friends laugh and just be themselves in a fearless environment.
Tel: 07763 001354 

Email: [email protected]  

Website: www.safehaven.org.uk

To access support and advice regarding gender-based abuse, including misogyny and Violence Against Women and Girls, please go to our Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence pages here

You can also access a range of support organisations through the Victim Care Unit website: www.victimcaredevonandcornwall.org.uk – search under “Any crime where you feel you have been targeted because of who you are”. The Victim Care Unit is run by Devon and Cornwall Police and funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

How do I report hate to the police?

We know that hate crime is largely hidden and very few incidents are ever  reported to the police – but it does happen in Cornwall and reporting to the police plays an important role in tackling it. As well as preventing further harm, reporting enables the people affected to get support and helps to build a better picture of what is happening in our communities.

Devon and Cornwall Police are predominantly responsible for dealing with hate crimes and hate-related incidents; they are the only organisation who can determine whether an incident is a crime.

If it’s an emergency – or if you or someone else is in immediate danger: Call or text/SMS 999  Minicom/Textphone 18000

If it’s not an emergency or to be directed to the Victim Care Unit: Call 101 or text/SMS 67101  Minicom/Textphone: 18001 101 

Online hate incident reporting form: https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/ro/report/hate-crime/hc-av1/report-hate-crime/

For more information see www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/report-hate-crime

As well as reporting directly to the police, hate incidents can be reported through the national third party reporting website True Vision  http://report-it.org.uk/home and Stop Hate UK  https://www.stophateuk.org/

Cornwall Council and the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, the universities and other large organisations and employers have equality officers and established Employee Support Forums for employees from minority ethnic groups where their employees can raise issues and receive support.

Cornwall Council and the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, the universities and other large organisations and employers have equality officers and BAME Employee Support Forums for BAME employees established where their employees can raise issues and receive support.