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We are pleased to announce that Epilepsy Scotland has become a Third Party Reporting Centre for hate crime.
If you are the victim of a hate crime, and you are reluctant to report this directly to the police, for whatever reason, we can help you fill in a form online and pass this to the police. If you prefer, this can also be done anonymously.
This is a crime which is committed against a person or property which is motivated by ‘malice or ill-will towards an identifiable social group’. So, if you have been the victim of crime and you believe this happened because someone believes that you belong to one of the groups listed below, then it is likely that this is considered a hate crime.
The ‘groups’ currently covered by the definition of hate crime are:
• Sexual orientation
• Transgender identity
Hate crime can include physical assault, criminal damage to your property, threatening or intimidating behaviour, verbal abuse, name calling, bullying or emotional or psychological abuse. For example, if someone is verbally abusing you on the bus because you had a seizure, this could be considered a hate crime.
If you believe you have been the victim of hate crime, consider reporting this to the police. The police will take any reports of hate crime seriously, no matter how trivial you think it is.
• phone 999, if it is an emergency and you feel threatened or
have been injured, or 101 for non-emergencies
• go to any police station and report it in person
• go online and use Police Scotland’s online Hate Crime Reporting
• visit a Third Party Reporting Centre, such as Epilepsy Scotland
• contact a Third Party Reporting Centre by telephone, such as Epilepsy Scotland on 0808 800 2200.
Police Scotland are encouraging people to come forward and report hate crimes because these type of crimes are seriously underreported. It may help the police build up a more realistic picture of the nature and frequency of hate crimes in your area and allocate more resources to prevent these crimes. Reporting a hate crime will also allow you to receive the appropriate help and support you may need.
You can also report a hate crime if you have witnessed one. You do not have to be the victim. All this information will help the police in understanding the extent of hate crime in Scotland.
As a Third Party Reporting Centre, we can help you report a hate crime. You can visit us at our office in Glasgow or contact us on 0808 800 2200.
If you live outside Glasgow and prefer to see someone face to face, we can usually tell you where your nearest Third Party Reporting Centre is.
You do not need to give us your reason why you do not want to report this crime to the police yourself. We will listen to you and help you complete an online form. We can also do this for you, if you prefer. You do not have to give your personal details on the form and can stay anonymous. Without your personal information, it may be difficult for the police to investigate the crime, but the information will still help them keep a record of hate crime in your area. Once we have completed the form with you, we will send this off to Police Scotland with your consent.
You may, after reading this, or having spoken to us, feel confident to complete the online form yourself in the privacy of your home, if you have access to a computer. If you need any help, contact us on 0808 800 2200.
Remember, always call 999 if you need immediate help