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Hate Crime Information

Just a reminder that this week (October 10th – 17th)  is Hate Crime Week, please see the attached link ,

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hate-crime-awareness-week-2016-theresa-mays-message

Hate incidents and hate crimes are acts of violence or hostility directed at people because of who they are or who someone thinks they are. These crimes or incidents are usually motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someone based on a personal characteristic. The five main characteristics are:

Race
Religion/faith
Sexual orientation
Disability
Gender-identity

When hate incidents become criminal offences they are known as hate crimes. A criminal offence is something which breaks the law. Any criminal offence can be a hate crime if it was carried out because of hostility or prejudice based on disability, race, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation. When something is classed as a hate crime, the judge can impose a tougher sentence on the offender.

Keep Safe has been reviewed by Police Scotland, they are holding an information event with changes to the scheme. This includes the criteria for All Safe Places and formalizing the Police Check.  When this information has been released we will be busy putting together information about the Scottish Borders and what changes may be required, to our current information leaflets.  (click on either of the following)

Avoiding Harm

Hate Crime Information

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