It's #TimeforChange and time to challenge hate crime
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Police recorded crime data in England and Wales shows that Muslims, or those perceived as Muslims, continue to experience the highest percentage of religious hate crimes on a yearly basis.
Between 2020-2021, the Home Office recorded that just under half (45%) of religious hate crime offences were targeted against Muslims, or those perceived to be Muslim, with 2,703 offences taking place.
Islamophobia is a hate crime where Muslims are targeted because of their religion and beliefs. These offences can consist of physical and verbal abuse, threatening behaviour, online hate and criminal damage - which has a lasting and devastating effect on the individual, their families and to local communities.
November is Islamophobia Awareness Month, aims to deconstruct and challenge the stereotypes about Islam and Muslims. The campaign, held every November, works with the Police Crime Commissioner, local councils, media outlets and educational establishments to raise awareness of the threat of Islamophobia and encourage better reporting of incidents to the police.
'Time for Change' is this year's theme, which encompasses the focus on educating and engaging with people, with the aim to instil long-term and sustainable change in behaviours and attitudes and remove Islamophobia from our country.
There's no place for hatred in our society, be part of the change – we encourage everyone to report any Islamophobic incidents to the police.
How to make a report
Remember, you don’t have to be the victim of hate crime to report it. You can report anything you’ve seen happening to someone else, or report it on their behalf if they don’t want to.
If you wish to report a hate crime to us, please get in touch using one of the following contact methods.
Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact