Swansea Council has been recognised for its continued commitment to support and promote the rights of victims and communities when incidents of hate crimes take place.
Last year the council signed up to the Victim Support Hate Crime Charter and has now been awarded the Hate Crime Charter Trustmark for demonstrating it is delivering on its pledge.
The charter sets out in detail the rights of victims, and the commitments of organisations such as the council in playing a part in tackling hate crime, providing support and information for victims, and to raise awareness of hate crime among council staff and the communities the council works with.
Organisations that adopt the charter are committing to ensuring that staff and volunteers are all expected to abide by the charter’s promises whenever they come into contact with those affected by hate crime and work to build strong and inclusive communities.
Cllr Alyson Pugh, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Supporting Communities, said: “I’m very proud that after signing up to the charter we have earned the Trustmark by demonstrating our commitment to it.
“Swansea was the first City of Sanctuary in the UK and Swansea Council played an active part in this.
“Swansea is a multi-cultural, vibrant city where everyone is welcome – regardless of their age, race, sexuality, gender identity or disability.
“While the number of hate crimes in Swansea is small in comparison with other cities across the UK, any incident of hate crime here is one too many and as a council we continue to fully support Victim Support’s Hate Crime Charter.”
Hate Crimes are crimes perceived by the victim or other people to be motivated by prejudice or hate, whether it’s because of age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, or gender identity.
To report a hate crime/incident go to https://www.reporthate.victimsupport.org.uk/ or ring Victim Support 24/7 on 0300 3031 982.