The Step Up Beat Hate campaign aims to increase awareness of the benefits of restorative justice (RJ) among past and current victims of hate crime.

It also supports Derby and Derbyshire’s support to victims of hate crime across the city and county to encourage more survivors to report their experiences to police.

Organisations are crucial to the work which goes in to prevent hate crime in the city and deliver an awareness campaign to ensure that victims of hate crime know how to access support services of any kind.

These services are available whether the incident is reported to the police or not.

Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection Councillor Asaf Afzal said:

“My priority is to tackle all forms of hate in our city.  No one should have to suffer in silence and we need to make people aware of how to report hate crimes and the support available to victims. Crimes based on hatred must never be tolerated and in recent months, we have seen the devastating affect hate can have.

Together with partner agencies and communities, we will do everything we can to tackle all forms of hate crime. We are setting up reporting and signposting centres across the city as there are many in our community who are not aware they are victims of hate crime or what to do about it when they are. I hope that this will help give people confidence to report it and not suffer in silence.

For more information and to report hate crime visit the Step Up Beat Hate website.