Let’s make a difference… together.
Written by Daniel Sheehan and others
Last week marked National Hate Crime Awareness Week (9-16 October).
It aims to bring people together to stand in solidarity with those affected by hate crime, to remember those we have lost, and to help those who need ongoing support.
Campaigns like National Hate Crime Awareness Week do important work in shining a spotlight on experiences and fears that far too many of us have to deal with on a daily basis.
New hate crime figures for 2021 revealed that the number of hate crimes recorded by police in England and Wales has doubled in five years.
Released by the Home Office, the report shows that hate crime across race, sexual orientation, disability, religion and transgender has increased since the start of the pandemic – with the vast majority of these being racially motivated.
While we are horrified by these devastating figures, we do believe it is important we all take a moment to read these findings.
We encourage everyone to take the time to read through the report, but please be warned some of the information is quite distressing.
Here is some of our main takeaways from the findings:
- Reported hate crimes have risen by 9% to a record number of more than 124,000 across England and Wales since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Racially motivated crimes, which are nearly three-quarters of the total number of 124,091 hate crimes, increased by 12% over the year ending in March 2021 amid Black Lives Matter protests and a backlash from far-right activists.
- Homophobic hate crimes increased 7% to 17,135, while disability hate crimes increased by 9% to 9,208. Transgender identity hate crimes increased by 3% to 2,630.
- More than half of the hate crimes recorded by the police were for public order offences, including threatening and abusing people in public places, 40% for violence and 5% for criminal damage and arson.
We are proud to be partnering up with Stop Hate as part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week, challenging all forms of Hate Crime and discrimination, based on any aspect of an individual’s identity.
A topic that so close to our hearts and means so much to every individual here at Eulogy.
Last week may have been National Hate Crime Awareness week, but this is something we need to raise our voices about every day – not just one week. The issues of hate are with us every day.
If the research shows anything it’s that more needs to be done to tackle this.
Throughout the next year, Eulogy will be working on a range of initiatives with Stop Hate to continue raising awareness and the change that is well needed.
If you want to get involved feel free to reach out to us, as together, we can aim to make a positive difference to our society.