Victoria Police are stepping up their efforts to tackle hate crime and prejudice with new resources launched this week.
A new animation and poster has been made available in 10 languages to help diverse communities understand how to get help and report crimes caused by hate or prejudice.
Resources are available in English, Arabic, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Hindi, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Somali, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
A prejudiced crime is caused by hatred towards another person or group because of characteristics such as race, religion, age, disability or sexuality.
Examples may include physical or verbal abuse, property damage, or harassment. These crimes can take place in public or online.
Although they do occur in Victoria and across the country, they often go unreported to police and other authorities.
When reported to the police, officers work closely with the victim to determine if the crime is caused by stigma.
Recording this information helps police identify trends and prevent further incidents.
Victoria Police Priority and Safer Communities Division, Commander Lisa Hardeman said everyone has the right to feel safe in the community, no matter who they are.
“But unfortunately we know that is not always the case,” she said.
“Racism and hatred have no place in our society.
“But around the world and in Victoria, we have seen members of our community suffer unacceptable harm from bias-motivated crimes.
“These incidents can have a significant impact on a victim’s sense of safety, and they can also leave our larger communities feeling vulnerable, threatened and isolated.
“We know that reporting these types of incidents can be intimidating for members of our community who do not speak English as a first language.
“That’s why we’re posting these resources to help more members of our community know how to ask for help.
“The police take everyone’s safety seriously. “
The Victorian Commission for Equal Opportunities and Human Rights may also receive reports of racism, discrimination, defamation and abuse.
These crimes can also be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-333,000.
More information on bias-motivated crime and links to the animation and poster can be found on the Victoria Police website, details: www.police.vic.gov.au/prejudice-motivated-crime