New campaign aims to erase hate crime

ANTRIM and Newtownabbey Borough Council has launched an initiative aimed at eradicating hate crime.

The ‘No Hate Here’ campaign has been developed by Antrim and Newtownabbey Policing and Community Safety Partnership, (PCSP) Antrim and Newtownabbey Good Relations programme, PSNI and the Community Relations Forum and will work to ensure that there is no place in today’s society for any form of hate crime or discrimination.

No Hate Here will also endeavour to eliminate hate crime by continuing to work to maintain Antrim and Newtownabbey as a place where everyone can all live, work and play in safety and know that residents and visitors can do the same.

The campaign reaffirms the Council’s commitment to challenging hate crime incidents and practices and continuing to nurture an atmosphere where hate crime will not be tolerated so that everyone can feel safe in a shared community.

Speaking at the event, Councillor Paul Dunlop, Chair of Antrim and Newtownabbey PCSP, said: “We live in a changing society that actively embraces diversity and welcomes the rich tapestry of cultures, traditions and histories that now make up our communities and we want that to continue.

“As part of this discrimination and prejudice cannot be tolerated. However, we can only eliminate hate crimes and incidents together as a community and send a clear message that we will not tolerate anyone becoming a victim.

“We would urge anyone who is a victim of hate crime or who has witnessed a hate crime incident to please report it to the authorities without hesitation.”

The No Hate Here campaign has been boosted by the creation of a specially designed resource pack that will be distributed throughout Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough to businesses, organisations and community groups. The pack explains what hate crime is how people can report hate crime and where they can get support.

If any organisations, businesses or individuals would like to receive a No Hate Here resource pack they can contact either Antrim and Newtownabbey PCSP or Good Relations team at Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Tel 028 90340033 or 028 9031362.

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