A campaign to raise awareness of hate crime was launched this week in West Norfolk with people throughout the borough pledging to fight it
The Hate Free Norfolk Pledge has been established by the Hate Free Norfolk Network.
The pledge is made up of seven key commitments that supporters can sign up to, which are as follows:
n Stand up for the right of everyone in Norfolk to live free from hate
n Address the issues that cause hate
n Challenge attitudes and behaviours that can lead to hate
n Ensure that victims and witnesses are taken seriously and treated wth respect
n Make it easy to report hate and support people to do so.
n Work with others to raise awarens of the impact of hate.
n State the actions that we will take to make this happen.
The Hate Free Norfolk Network is supported by West Norfolk Council and other public, voluntary and community sector organisations, such as Norfolk police and Norfolk Fire Service.
Anyone can join the network, which meets three times a year, whether they are an organisation, community group or individual.
Network members receive a monthly e-newsletter as well as having the opportunity to share information and discuss local issues.
Nick Daubney, West Norfolk Council leader, said: “By raising awareness and signing up to the seven commitments above, we can individually and as a group address the issues, real or perceived, that can lead to hate.
“We would encourage everyone to support the campaign by joining the network and signing the pledge.”
As part of its commitment to the pledge, the council is providing training for staff about hate crime.
It is also raising awareness by communicating information about the pledge and the Hate Free Norfolk Network to all staff and members.
The Hate Free Norfolk Pledge officially ends on Sunday.
To give your support to the pledge, go online to www. hatefreenorfolk.com/pledge-signup-hate-free-norfolk.