WEST LONDON EQUALITY CENTRE
Hate Crime advice, assistance and support
IN AN EMERGENCY PLEASE RING 999.
Hate Crime is an act of hostility against someone because of their race, religious belief, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, or disability. Hate motivated incidents and crimes are abhorrent and represent a direct attack on the right of everyone to live without fear of harassment and violence because of who they are. Hate Crime can be hate motivated, attacked because of your characteristic, or hate aggravated, a hate element to a crime.
Hate Crime can consist of verbal abuse, physical threats or attacks, nasty letters or social media postings, graffiti or other criminal damage, workplace issues which are based on a characteristic, items through the letter box.
Tips: when you call the police tell them it was a hate crime. Too many victims downplay the seriousness because they want to remain calm and be nice. Preserve any evidence, photos of the evidence, envelopes and letters, emails, screenshot it if on Facebook or Twitter.
- advise on next steps or preserving evidence
- speak to the police on your behalf
- accompany you to the police
- arrange for mediation
- consider practical solutions to help deal with the incident or its aftermath
WLEC assists victims of Hate Crime to understand and deal with the criminal justice system and to enforce their right to a safe environment.
Our service is confidential and based on respect for our clients who require support and understanding in often traumatic circumstances.
Our advice is holistic because we have expertise in many other areas of law which victims of hate crime may also need to access because of the way they have been treated.
West London Equality Centre have a track record in promoting equality by providing legal advice and assistance to the vulnerable and disadvantaged who have been unfairly denied access to justice. WLEC has funding from The National Lottery specifically to assist victims of Hate Crime in London Borough of Ealing and surrounding areas.
Call us on 0800 2943479 or leave a message, and we will get back to you within 24 hours with an appointment time. Please tell us how you would like to be contacted if do not wish us to contact you by telephone.
Follow us on @WLECagainsthate . Report to police via web
See below for other organisations which can help on specific hate crimes: