Help and advice about anti-social behaviour and hate incidents

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Anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of activities. It is any kind of repeated behaviour that is likely to cause harm, harassment or distress, to you, your friends or your family and is often carried out by individuals who live near to you.

A hate incident is any incident perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by prejudice or hate. This includes discrimination against a person's race, religion, sexuality, gender identity or disability. It can include criminal offences against a person or property.
Examples of hate incidents include verbal or written abuse, harassment and intimidation, damage to property or physical assault. It can also include texts or emails.
It is really important that you report hate incidents or crime so that we can work with you, and our partners, to try to address the problem. 

Please report anti-social behaviour and hate incidents if you are the victim, you have witnessed an incident or if you know someone who was the victim of an incident.

Safe from Harm Service

As of the 1st October 2013, SCDA will be the provider for the Safe from Harm Service.  The image below provides further information:

What you can do about it

If you are experiencing anti-social behaviour there are some things you can do to help resolve the situation.

• Sometimes speaking to the person responsible for the nuisance to explain the impact of their behaviour can be more effective than getting someone ‘official’ involved. Only do this if you feel confident and safe to do so.

• Keep a record of the incidents, including times, dates and details of the activity. This can be sent to any organisation you report the problem to and is one of the best ways of gathering evidence.

• Report it. Below is a guide to reporting specific types of anti-social behaviour and hate incidents.

Depending on the problem you might want to report the incident to Sussex Police, your housing provider or your District or Borough Council.

If you have been a victim or witness of a crime you should contact Sussex Police.

In an emergency always call 999.
If it is less urgent call 101.

Contact the police about:
• criminal activity
• intimidation and harassment
• using and selling drugs
• damage to property
• unprovoked assault
• verbal abuse
• nuisance neighbours
• rowdy behaviour
• groups hanging around
• street drinking
• aggressive begging
• violence
• graffiti and vandalism

Any incident and behaviour you believe is motivated by prejudice or hate based a person’s race, religion, sexuality, gender identity or disability

Contact a district and borough council* or your own housing provider about:

·          Noisy neighbours
·          Fly tipping
·          Litter and rubbish
·          Dog fouling
*Who you report these problems to depends on which district or borough of East Sussex that the incidents occur in. 
• Eastbourne –
Eastbourne Borough Council website.
• Hastings
Safer Hastings Partnership website.
• Lewes –
Lewes District Council website.
• Rother –
Rother District Council website.
• Wealden –
Wealden District Council website
You can also report hate crime or hate incidents on the True Vision website. The website also provides information and advice regarding hate crime and incidents.
Or if you wish to seek information and advice on what to do about discrimination because of your race, religion, sexuality, disability or gender identity you can contact a local Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB). Further information is available at National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux

Report Disability Hate incidents
9 in 10 adults who have a learning disability experience hate crime or abuse. Sometimes not just once but many times throughout their lives.Some people are never able to tell anyone about it. Read more about disability hate crime and how to report it in this book


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