App aims to help curb hate crime

Residents are being reminded help is available to report and tackle hate crime in the county.

Monday, 11th July 2016, 13:42 pm
Updated Monday, 11th July 2016, 14:47 pm
County Hall, Morpeth, headquarters for Northumberland County Council.

A year ago the Safer Northumberland Partnership launched a new mobile phone app to raise awareness of this sometimes hidden crime.

The app can be downloaded for Apple and Android, search for ‘Hate Crime 4’.

The Safer Northumberland Partnership includes Northumberland County Council, Northumbria Police, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, Northumbria Probation Service and Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group, as well as other partner organisations.

The hate crime app helps people understand how to deal with the traumatic effect of such crimes, why it happens, how to report it and where to seek help and support.

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As hate crime is thought to be widely under-reported nationally, the app allows individuals to report instances wherever and whenever they feel safe.

According to Northumbria Police, there hasn’t been a reported increase of racially or religiously aggravated crimes following the EU referendum, however the council wants residents to know help and information is available.

Liz Simpson, chair of the Safer Northumberland Partnership, said: “As a council we are united in our approach that all hate crime is totally unacceptable and we take a zero tolerance approach to it.

“We also want as many people as possible to be aware that help is out there.

“This app provides a wealth of information and support options at the touch of a button and hopefully encourages people to speak out about any issues they are facing.

“The app is just one of our approaches to this issue, we have also run numerous training sessions for groups throughout the county to raise awareness of hate crime as well as workshops with schools during anti-bullying week.”

More information on hate crime is also available via www.northumberland.gov.uk