A hate crime is any criminal offence motivated by prejudice against someone due to their race, religion, transgender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
Victims of hate crime can live for years with the experience of violence and abuse, often in silence, because they fear retribution, not being believed or because the perpetrator is known to them.
Hate Crime Awareness Week is running for a second year between 8–15 October with a focus on making clear what hate crime is and how we all have a role to play in stopping it.
To tie in with the week, we’re launching our hate crime e-learning module and prominently displaying promotional materials to support staff in responding to hate incidents.
Anyone witnessing or experiencing hate crime can report it by contacting the police on 999 (emergency) or 101 if non-urgent.
Alternatively, people can contact any one of Glasgow’s 70 third-party hate crime reporting centres – details are available at www.scotland.police.uk
Chief executive Robert Calderwood said: “The Board is committed to challenging all forms of hate crime as part of our robust zero tolerance approach to any abuse of staff, patients and visitors.
“Sometimes the experience of hate crime is so common that victims start to see it as part of everyday life; however, everyone has the right to live safely and without fear.
“As a care provider, we are in a unique position to sensitively support disclosure and treat the health consequences of hate crime, be that broken bones or underlying mental health conditions. We will continue to place an emphasis on working with victims to help them report directly to either Police Scotland or through a number of third-party hate crime reporting centres.
“We’re working with partner agencies to make the lives of people suffering hate crime safer, protect their families, their communities, and tackle further victimisation.”
A staff learning event, delivered in partnership with Police Scotland, is being held on Wednesday 12 October in the large seminar room of the QEUH’s new labs building from 1-3pm.
For more information and booking details, tel: 0141 201 4560 or email: [email protected].
Look out for the information stand in the QEUH atrium between 8-15 October.
Safe at work
All our staff have the right to:
We all have the right to freedom of expression, but this does not extend to the protection of speech that discriminates against, harasses or incites violence or hatred against others.
If you have worries about any of these issues, you can discuss them with your line manager.
If you are a union member, speak to your union representative.
If you believe you are being discriminated against or bullied at work, please contact the HR Advice and Support Unit, email: [email protected] or tel: 0141 278 2700, between 8am-6pm.