After Hate Sign-Posting Service
After Hate is a virtual but Preston-based signposting service. We aim to help UK victims of hate incidents understand what options & support networks are available to them. We also aim to support, promote and work with other projects & service providers across the UK.
After Hate is currently part of Global Amigos but aspires to become a fully fledged registered charity once all applicable measures are met. Initially planned as an additional page on the website of Dirrty Harry’s (LGBT club nights), we soon saw the need and value in creating a whole new platform that would be accessible to all victims of Hate Crime, not just Preston’s LGBT residents.
With government cuts continuing to attack public services, and with so much focus being given to the larger cities across the UK, we wanted to support our friends and neighbours in this part of England. Additionally, we wanted to emphasise the need to report hate incidents – even if something might seem insignificant to a particular individual, we want them to realise that the person who attacked them may be part of a string of attacks or other crimes.
Ultimately, we’re committed to offering a sustainable platform that doesn’t rely on financial handouts. We are also now committed to developing a nationwide network that supports & works with communities in other smaller cities and towns – as well as the big ones.
Our commercial activities in the city of Preston fund the After Hate campaign. These include but are not limited to Podio Magazine and the Big Preston Raffle. Our founder, Andy, also provides marketing, social media management and website design services via Business Amigos UK. He shares some of the profit from that work to help maintain the running costs of this platform.
No. We have never applied for funding, nor did we have a desire to when we started. We’ve always believed (and still do) that business should be used as a tool for social change and empowerment; the very ethos that still directs us at Global Amigos UK. We use sustainable commercial activity & business partnerships to reinvest into our social activities. The more money we generate, the more we feed into After Hate UK & our other social projects. That said, due to concerns raised against the Big Preston Raffle and the struggles we have faced trying to work alongside existing charities, we have decided to look into forming a charity.
UK Hate Crime reporting – and local statistics
A hate incident is any incident which may or may not constitute a criminal offence – perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate. A hate crime is when the incident does constitute a criminal offence.
There are no minimal guidelines here however, please bear in mind that one incident may help piece together another: If someone spits at you and calls you a derogatory name you might brush it off. However, that same person could have gone on to violently attack someone else in an area that had no CCTV. By reporting your incident, the police could go on to identify the person and bring them to justice for their other attacks. Please don’t underestimate the importance of following up a hate incident.
Not at all. Hate incidents are based on perception. An attacker might believe you’re gay because you’ve walked out of the most popular gay club on Canal Street. It doesn’t mean you are. A judge could rule that the attacker approached you because they believed you were gay. In this situation, where someone has been wrongly labelled, After Hate would add emphasis on the need to report this as a hate incident as most people might brush it off as being irrelevant. In terms of CICA compensation, you would still be entitled to a financial pay out if it was deemed a hate crime.
Official government statistics are compiled and shared online These break down LGBT hate crime statistics, racially motivated hate crime statistics, disability hate crimes and hate crimes targeting trans-gendered individuals in England, Wales & Northern Ireland. Click here.
If you don’t want to report a hate crime at any of the Lancashire Constabulary police stations, nor via the online form you can call into a third party reporting centre. These are agencies where staff have received special training in order to process your hate incident report. Reports can also be filed anonymously from these centres. Venues include: Disability Equality North West, Moor Lane Resource Centre, PUKAR, Centre for Independent Living, Community Gateway, Integrate and First Direct. You can also contact CrimeStoppers.
This naturally depends on the specific incident and on the people involved. What we will say however is that things could only get worse – either for yourself or for others. Here’s how:
You may feel strong enough to deal with the effects of a hate incident on your own; you might not even feel any effects immediately and therefore see no point in reporting it. However, the next time you’re in a similar position you could become scared or anxious. This feeling could then prevent you from returning to the same place in future. Without realising, you change your habits as a result of the initial incident which, at the time, didn’t necessarily seem that bad. Additionally, by not reporting it, the attacker is free to continue with their behaviour. They may approach you again in future, knowing that nothing came of it last time. Alternatively, they may go on to attack others.
Legal Options After a Hate Crime
All incidents and situations are different so we advise you seek appropriate assistance based on your circumstances. Use our contact form now to start the ball rolling and to learn more.
All incidents are different but if you have been physically assaulted we advise you seek legal assistance. You can claim CICA Compensation directly with the governing body but applications sought independently often get rejected / fail to receive an award. In January 2019, a UK Government report was released highlighting the flaws in this process – so there’s a likelihood things may change. (See article here) Contact us today for more info and support.
Choosing to report incidents anonymously allows for incidents to be monitored nationally. This may then help shape government policy and funding for services. Please don’t underestimate the value of reporting hate incidents.
If you have been the victim of a hate crime, or a blameless attack in general, government funding is available (CICA) which you can claim independently or via third parties. Claims made independently are statistically much less likely to be successful. Apply through third party companies and a percentage is likely to be taken should your case be successful. Contact After Hate today for more info – or to get the ball rolling.
Not at all. For anyone to offer specific legal advice, they must meet all the appropriate legal requirements. You can discuss your situation informally with an After Hate UK representitive (via email – firstname.lastname@example.org, or social media) Alternatively, use our contact form to request info from our legal friends (who specialise in supporting victims of hate crime, historic sexual abuse & victims of blameless attacks). Click here to make formal contact via our online form