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News : Wirral Launch for New Helpline to Support Hate Crime Victims
Wirral, UK, Oct 22, 2015 -- Wirral Council and Merseyside Police are working with Stop Hate UK to make it easier for people to report hate crime.
At a special event marking UK Hate Crime Awareness Week, details were revealed about a 24-hour helpline that provides confidential support for all victims on Merseyside.
National charity Stop Hate UK were at Birkenhead Town Hall training volunteers and staff how to offer advice, take reports, or signpost people to support.
Councillor George Davies, Wirral’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods, housing and engagement, said: "Initiatives like the helpline help victims of hate crime to break their silence.
"In addition, we now have more than 90 third-party reporting centres across Merseyside, all identified by a ‘red hand’ logo, where people can report a hate crime.
"When people see the sign, they know they can go inside, talk to the staff in confidence, and get help."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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About Stop Hate UK:
Stop Hate UK is one of the leading national organisations working to challenge all forms of Hate Crime and discrimination, based on any aspect of an individual’s identity.
About Merseyside Police:
Merseyside Police is the territorial police force responsible for policing Merseyside in North West England. The service area is 647 square kilometres with a population of around 1.5 million.
Published: Monday, October 26, 2015