Transforming public recognition
Through our research we have heard from thousands of people who have been victimised because of their identity or perceived ‘difference’. These experiences have taken many forms, from violent physical attacks to the more ‘everyday’ forms of harassment such as being called an abusive name, being spat at or being threatened. We have seen first-hand the significant physical and emotional impact that hate offences have on victims, families and communities.
The Harms of Hate
This short film, The Harms of Hate, showcases the stories of seven people who have been victimised for different reasons and in a variety of ways.
The film highlights a number of themes, including:
- The range of people affected by hate incidents
- The different forms that hate incidents can take
- The impact that hate incidents have on victims, their families and wider communities
- The advice that these victims would offer to people suffering from similar experiences
The film has been shown in schools, colleges and universities, and used in training by criminal justice practitioners, educators and healthcare professionals around the world.
I Can’t Ignore Hate: Can You?
This animated film, which was produced in association with Seed Creativity, showcases the stories of four hate crime victims whose experiences have been made worse when witnesses have walked on by or ignored their suffering without offering to help. Hate crimes often take place in everyday locations: in public streets, in supermarkets, on public transport. For victims, seeing bystanders rushing past or turning a blind eye can contribute to a heightened sense of victimisation and isolation.
We all have a collective responsibility to do whatever we can to challenge hate and prejudice. Rather than placing the responsibility to report on the individual victim, this animated film has been created to highlight practical, safe and straightforward steps that we can take to offer support.