The Safer Sandwell Partnership Police and Crime Board which consists of Sandwell Council, West Midlands Police and other organisations in the community has made tackling and eradiating hate crime a key priority.
What is hate crime?
A hate crime is hostility against a person or a group of people where they have been targeted because of their:
- Sexual Orientation
- Any other characteristic that is different to that of the perpetrator's or that which the perpetrator thinks is different
What are the impacts of hate crime?
- Victims can be left traumatised and terrified
- Negatively impacts on the health and wellbeing of victims and their family and friends
- Can be violent
- Can impact on an entire community
- Can lead to tensions and conflict
What can I do about hate crime?
It is important to report a hate crime that you have been the victim of or witnessed. By reporting, you are taking action to stamp out hate crime in Sandwell.
Your report will be taken seriously and can help stop the perpetrator from doing this again and provide the police with information that will help them to protect everyone in Sandwell from hate crime. When a criminal offence is classed as a hate crime, courts in England and Wales have the power to give tougher sentences to the perpetrator. Also, by reporting, victims can get access to specialised support and advice that will help them to feel safe once more.
If you have witnessed a hate crime, it can also be helpful to a victim to speak to them in a friendly manner and make them feel reassured if it is safe to do so. This can show the victim they are not alone and might make them feel safer.
How do I report a hate crime?
There are many ways for victims and witnesses to report a hate crime:
In an emergency whereby you believe you or someone else in in immediate danger or at risk of harm, call the police on 999
In a non-emergency, you can report a hate crime by calling the police on 101
You can pass on information about hate crime offenders by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. This is anonymous and you will not be asked for your personal details.
You can report non-emergency incidents through the West Midlands Police website.
Hate crime can be reported anonymously by visiting the Crimestoppers website.
You can also report hate crime on the True Vision website anonymously.
If you feel you or your family are in immediate danger, call the police on 999.
Third Party Reporting Centres:
Third Party Reporting Centres are places within the community where you can report a hate crime confidentially whether you are a victim or witness, if you do not want to report directly to the police. They are trained on dealing with reports of hate crime and can help you get the support that you may need after experiencing or witnessing a hate crime. Below is a list of Third Party Reporting Centres in Sandwell.
Accord Housing Association – 178 Birmingham Road, West Bromwich, B70 6QG, Telephone: 0300 111 7000
European's Welfare Association CIC - Health Futures UTC, 350 High Street, West Bromwich, Sandwell, B70 8DJ, Telephone: 0121 740 0824
Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick – 130 High Street, Smethwick, B66 3AP, Telephone: 0121 558 2527
Ideal For All - 100 Oldbury Road, Smethwick, B66 1JE, Telephone: 0121 558 5555
Options For Life - Oak Green Way, Oldbury, West Midlands, B68 8LR, Telephone: 0121 544 6611
Nash Dom CIC - Court House, 335-337 High Street, West Bromwich, B70 8LU, Telephone: 0192 261 6444
Proud Baggies - email@example.com
Rights Equality Sandwell - 28 Birmingham Street, Oldbury, B69 4DS, Telephone: 0121 541 1775
Sandwell African Caribbean Mental Health Foundation – Kuumba Centre, Boulton Road, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B70 6NW, Telephone: 0121 525 1629
Sandwell College – 1 Spon Lane, West Bromwich, B70 6AW, Telephone: 0121 667 5000
Sandwell Deaf Community Association – New Deaf Centre, Summer Street, West Bromwich, B71 4JA, Telephone: 0121 553 0201
Sandwell Irish Community Association - Langley Lodge Community Centre, Langley High Street, Langley, West Midlands, B69 4SL, Telephone: 0121 533 9734
Sandwell Local Oldbury - Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury, B69 3DE, Telephone: 0121 368 1166
Sandwell Local Rowley Regis - Payne Street, Blackheath, B65 0DH, Telephone: 0121 368 1166
Sandwell Local Smethwick - Ground Floor, Smethwick Council House, High Street, Smethwick, B66 3NT, Telephone: 0121 368 1166
Sandwell Local Tipton - High Street, Tipton, DY4 9JB, Telephone: 0121 368 1166
Sandwell Local Wednesbury - Wednesbury Town Hall, Lower High St, Wednesbury, WS10 7DF, Telephone: 0121 368 1166
Sandwell Local West Bromwich - Court House, 335-337 High Street, West Bromwich, B70 8LU, Telephone: 0121 368 1166
Sandwell Visually Impaired – West Bromwich Town Hall, Lodge Road, West Bromwich, B70 8DY, Telephone: 0121 525 4810
Sant Nirankari Centre - Potters Lane, Wednesbury, WS10 OAS, Telephone: 0121 505 4005
Special Olympics Sandwell, C/O SCVO First Floor Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER, Telephone: 07957 391 514
Victim Support – Victim Support Room 4G, YMCA Black Country Group, 38 Carters Green, West Bromwich, B70 9LG, Telephone: 0300 303 1977
Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell - Greets Green Access Centre, Tildasley Street, West Bromwich, B70 9SJ, Telephone: 0121 525 3909
Advice and support can be offered remotely by many Third Party Reporting Centres, especially during the current Covid-19 pandemic with telephone and email options being available.