Come along to a special workshop from anti-racism charity, Jawaab, exploring the situation post referendum, what we can do if we witness abuse, why it’s important to report and different ways of reporting.
There were over 3,000 reported hate crimes in the week leading up to, and the week following the 23rd of June - that’s an increase of 42% compared to the same period last year. Perhaps more worryingly though, in areas of the UK which backed Leave, there was a colossal rise in hate crimes following the vote. In Lincolnshire, for example, where more voters backed leave than in any other county in the country, there was a 191% increase in hate crimes compared to last year.
And these, of course, are just the reported hate crimes. The Annual Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) found that out of the 154,00 racially motivated hate crimes they recorded in 2013, only 15% were reported to the police. This is perhaps unsurprising - many hate crimes still fail to result in a conviction. Many of our most vulnerable citizens - those who are not confident with their spoken English and those who have irregular immigration statuses are also very weary of reporting crimes to the police.