A campaign has been running this week to encourage people to report hate incidents.
The campaign is particularly targeted at lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered people and has seen a range of awareness raising events held across Leicestershire.
Harborough Community Safety Partnership will be holding a hate awareness event on the Square in Harborough town centre tomorrow (Thursday February 21) between 10am and 1.30pm.
It will feature a visit from the Chill Out Bus.
The ‘Stop and Tell’ campaign has been coordinated by Leicestershire County Council in partnership with Leicester LGBT Centre, the district and borough councils, Leicestershire Police and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust because it is believed that hate incidents are underreported by the LGBT community.
Hate incidents can be physical, written or verbal abuse and anyone can be a victim if they feel they have been targeted because of their age, disability, gender, race, religion, belief or sexual orientation.
Colin Golding, chair of the Community Safety Partnership, said: “Harborough District has identified four critical activities which underpin the provision of all services which we supply and support.
“Two of these are working with communities to develop places in which to live and be happy, and supporting the vulnerable in our society at the heart of the communities where they live.
“No-one should have to tolerate hate incidents, yet we know they occur within the district.
“Reporting all such incidents can make a difference, but if we don’t know about it we can’t work towards changing it. We would like to make sure that people feel confident in reporting any such incidents in the knowledge that they will be taken seriously.”
To report a hate incident contact the Hate Incident Monitoring Project (HIMP) on 0116 305 8263 or visit www.leics.gov.uk/reporthate where online reporting forms are available to complete or download in a range of languages as well as easy read format.
Alternatively visit your local council office or library, which are reporting centres for hate incidents
In an emergency, contact the police on 999.
Further Information about events happening during the week can be found at the Harborough District Council website