Joint initiative by Jewish and Muslim organisations offers advice to victims and witnesses of hate crime.
The report – Hate Crime, a guide for those affected – aims to ensure the rights of victims are protected and highlights processes for reporting hate crimes and navigating the criminal justice system.
The tool was designed by the Community Security Trust (CST), which advises the Jewish community on security and antisemitism, and Tell MAMA, which monitors anti-Muslim hatred, with the help of the Crown Prosecution Service and the Department of Communities and Local Government.
Iman Atta, Director of Tell MAMA, said anti-Muslim hatred has been rising over the part five years.
“We hope that we can collectively make it easier for people to report, take charge and feel confident when they report hate incidents,” she said.
A secondary goal behind the guidebook was to strengthen collaborative efforts between different agencies in the field, to better challenge increasing levels of hate crime.
All hate crimes
The guide states that while it focuses on antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred, it could also be adapted to other types of crimes, such as those affected by race, gender or disability.
It also covers a variety of topics from types of hate crimes to restorative justice and support services.
“Despite our best efforts to combat all forms of hate crime and hate incidents, levels of antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred in the UK are unfortunately on the rise,” said David Delew, head of the CST.
“This collaborative guide will be an important tool for all those affected by hate crime in understanding their rights, and how to navigate the complicated criminal justice system.”
The CST has announced the guide will also be available in public areas of police stations and courts.
Last week, the CPS announced online hate crimes such as abuse on social media would be treated as seriously as face-to-face offences, with harsher penalties.
This comes after MPs across parties have reported high levels of online hate and abuse.