The video below, produced in Coventry by local communities, is highlighting the thoughts and feelings of victims of hate crime; and providing details of how people, who experience or witness hate crime, can report it.
To report hate crime go to www.report-it.org.uk or call in at your local library or family hub to get information. Alternatively you can contact the police.
The video, titled ‘Together we can stop hate crime’, tells the experiences of people from different communities in the city.
Each person’s story explains the cruelty of hate crime which is defined by a hostility or prejudice towards someone on the basis of either their race, religion, disability, or as a result of homophobia or transphobia.
It was put together by the Council with support from Together in Action(TIA), Community and Police partners.
Marking part of Hate Crime Awareness Week, the video is being shared across communities in the city. It also tells people where and how they can report hate crimes while retaining the anonymity of the victim if they wish to.
Cllr Abdul Salam Khan, Coventry City Council’s Deputy Leader, said: “It’s important that we support people to report these crimes. Victims need to know that there is hope. We all have a responsibility to understand and respect one another.
“We have good community relations in the city and we have a role to play in tackling this issue.”