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Hate crime

A hate crime is motivated by prejudice against someone's sex, racial heritage, religion, disability or sexual orientation. Incidents can involve violence, threats, property damage, verbal abuse, offensive messages or other harassment.

If something like this has happened to you, don't suffer in silence. Tell the police what happened so we can do something about it.

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If an incident goes unreported, the offender is free to do the same thing again to you or someone else. Many offenders consider our communities to be easy targets because we suffer in silence.

You can report hate crime or any incident in strict confidence.  Reporting these incidents, even anonymously, helps us to pinpoint problems so we can do something about them and make our communities safer for everyone.

If you would like to talk to a police officer in person please call the police non-emergency telephone number 101.

If you feel uncomfortable about reporting hate crime to the police, visit the Safer Cornwall website for other organisations which offers additional information and support.

Cornwall Council is not responsible for the content of any of the websites and provides these details purely for information.

Survivors UK – A national organisation providing information, support and counselling for men who have been raped or sexually abused. 020 3598 3898.

The Home Office is the government department responsible for reducing and preventing crime. 

Devon and Cornwall Police cover the largest geographical police area in England, extending 180 miles from the Dorset and Somerset borders in the east to the Isles of Scilly in the west.

Victim Support is the national charity for victims and witnesses of crime in England and Wales.  They give free and confidential help to victims of crime, their family, friends and anyone else affected.

Southall Black Sisters provides information, advice, advocacy, practical help, counselling and support to women and children experiencing domestic and sexual violence (including forced marriage and honour crimes). Our holistic services aim to help them escape violence and abuse and deal with a range of inter related problems such as:

Rape and sexual abuse, Sexual harassment, Dowry related abuse, Matrimonial issues, Child residence and contact, Housing and homelessness, Immigration and asylum, Depression, mental health, suicide and self harm, Policing and crime, Suspicious deaths and coroners' inquests, Civil actions, Human rights and Racism.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) are a government organisation that can pay money (compensation) to people who have been physically or mentally injured because they were the innocent victim of a violent crime.  They offer a free service, processing applications and making awards that range from £1,000 to £500,000.

Karma Nirvana - The Honour Network is a project designed to support victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour based violence

National Domestic Violence Helpline is a Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.

We hope you find the information you need and where to go for help and support.  This website is for boys and men too.

If you need to talk to someone right now, please contact ChildLine on 0800 1111.

If you would like to arrange to see a counsellor call 01872 262100.

WAVE – Women Against Violence Europe is a network of European women's non-governmental organisations working in

the field of combating violence against women and children (women's refuges, counselling centres, SOS hotlines/helplines, organisations focusing on prevention and training, etc.).

Currently the Network focuses specifically on violence in the family and in intimate relationships. The Network sets out to promote and strengthen the human rights of women and children in general and to prevent violence against women and children in particular. We fully support the aims of the United Nations, stressing the importance of working towards ending all forms of violence against women and children in public and private life in accordance with the Vienna Declaration, the Declaration on Violence against Women, the Beijing Platform for Beijing Platform for Action and all other related documents.

Respect is the UK membership association for domestic violence perpetrator programmes and associated support services. Our vision is to end violence and abuse in intimate partner and close family relationships.  Our key focus is on promoting, supporting, delivering and developing effective interventions with perpetrators.

Travellers Times Online brings you the latest news, pictures, video, opinion and resources from within the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. It has been developed by The Rural Media Company, funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, and launched on International Roma Day - 8th April 2009.

The Irish Travellers Movement in Britain seeks to raise the profile of Irish Travellers in Britain and increase their say in decision making processes and forums. The ITMB seeks to challenge discrimination and develop national policies that ensure the inclusion of Irish Travellers in all levels of society.

Irish Travellers are an ethnic minority group who have been part of Irish and British society for many centuries. Irish Travellers are recognised in English law as an ethnic group and protected under the Race Relations Act. Irish Travellers are a highly excluded minority

The Gypsy Council - After many years of supporting and working in the educational rights of Gypsy people, the organisation was becoming increasingly involved in other issues which directly affected the educational prospects and advancement of Gypsy children and their families, e.g., the lack of legal stopping places, inadequate and unhealthy official sites, racism, inefficient health care, government and institutional harassment. At the annual general meeting in 1991, it was voted unanimously to change the name of the organisation to, The Gypsy Council for Education, Culture, Welfare and Civil Rights, to reflect the full extent of the work it does.

Friends, Families and Travellers seeking to end racism and discrimination against Gypsies and Travellers, whatever their ethnicity, culture or background, whether settled or mobile, and to protect the right to pursue a nomadic way of life.

Social exclusion issues are often multiple in nature, inevitably linked and have spiralling consequences for vulnerable people in Cornwall. Economic, social and environmental issues such as worklessness, barriers to education, barriers to employment, vulnerable migrant workers, poverty and poor health are not the responsibility of only one organisation and must be addressed through a coordinated approach.

Refugee Action has over 25 years' experience in the reception, resettlement, development and integration of asylum seekers and refugees. 

Refugee Council - One of the main objectives of the Refugee Council is to provide support and help to refugees and asylum seekers and to make information and advice available to them directly.

Refugee Council provides support to the wide variety of organisations, agencies and communities, who work with, support and help refugees and asylum seekers.

The Refugee Council works hard to inform the public and government about the effects of policy on refugees and asylum seekers. From our public-facing campaigns to our detailed research and policy papers, we work at all levels to ensure we help get the fairest system for refugees and asylum seekers.

The Refugee Council works with partners nationally and internationally to help improve the lives of refugees and asylum seekers.

Gay and Lesbian Switchboards - A website of links to gay and lesbian switchboards around the country.

Imaan is a social support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Muslims, their family, friends and supporters, and those questioning their sexuality or gender identity.

Schools Out is working towards equality in education, equality does not come through legislation and regulation alone. It also requires a change of culture – the culture of our society and, more particularly, the culture of our schools and colleges. Schools OUT seeks to address issues of equality through both the legislative/regulative and cultural routes as they mutually reinforce each other.

Stonewall -The aim from the outset was to create a professional lobbying group that would prevent such attacks on lesbians, gay men and bisexuals from ever occurring again. Stonewall has subsequently put the case for equality on the mainstream political agenda by winning support within all the main political parties and now has offices in England, Scotland and Wales.

Terrence Higgins Trust was one of the first charities to be set up in response to the HIV epidemic and has been at the forefront of the fight against HIV, and improving the nation's sexual health, ever since.

The Gender Trust’s mission is to improve the quality of life of trans people and their families by supporting them and working with anyone who is affected by gender identity issues, and their vision is that everyone will accept and support the right of trans people to be valued members of society.

PinkParents offer a range of support services and social activities for all LGBT families.

Whatever stage you are at; whether you are considering parenting, have grandchildren, are fostering or adopting or are an uncle or aunty, PinkParents can offer you support and a place to meet new friends.

Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - FFLAG is an organisation of parents of lesbian daughters and gay sons which seeks to promote the well-being of lesbian, gay and bisexual people, their families and friends by:  Support,  Education and information      Working locally, nationally and in Europe on issues of equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual people

FFLAG supports families and works constructively to combat prejudice and discrimination and help to create a society that is respectful of human diversity.

The Beaumont Trust is a charitable educational resource for medical, voluntary and lay people who require to increase their knowledge on the subjects of Transsexualism and Transvestism and offers support to those affected by the issues they raise.

The Trust's two objectives are as follows ;-

  • To relieve the stress caused by transsexualism and /or transvestism to those affected, their families and friends, and to assist professional advisers in the field of care of gender dysphoria.
  • To educate the public about these conditions.