This week is National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
The Eastleigh Community Safety Partnership, chaired by Councillor Tonia Craig, the Council's Cabinet Member for Health, coordinates the work on hate crime across the Borough. One of the three priorities of the Partnership is "to tackle crime against the most vulnerable in our society, including hate crime."
Hate crime reports have increased, but are still significantly under-reported. In July 2017-June 2018 there were 107 crimes reported to Hampshire Police for Eastleigh Borough - 18 related to disability, 68 race and 20 sexual orientation.
Many people, for various reasons, don't want to report hate crimes to the police. Third party reporting centres are one way in which this can be overcome.There are now three in the Borough: at Eastleigh Museum, run by One Community; Eastleigh Citizens Advice in Leigh Road, Eastleigh, and Victim Support in Hursley Road, Chandler's Ford.
More information on hate crime in Hampshire, including a full list of reporting centres can be found at www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/hatecrime
In addition Kroma, the LGBT Hampshire group take reports online and by phone. firstname.lastname@example.org or 03000 080867.
More information on he work of the Eastleigh Community Safety Partnership is available by contacting CommSafe@eastleigh.gov.uk