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Police Scotland – Message to Communities

Message from Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie   Police Scotland continue to urge victims and witnesses of hate crime to report it during the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand the impact this type of incident can have on individuals, their families, friends and the wider community. Police Scotland is fully committed to keeping people safe and protecting all our communities and I acknowledge communities and individuals may feel vulnerable as a result of COVID-19. A hate crime can include name calling, harassment, graffiti or a physical attack motivated by prejudice or ill-will towards a social group. Social groups covered by hate
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Police Scotland ‘Your Police 2020-2021’ Survey

Police Scotland ‘Your Police 2020-2021’ Survey Police Scotland has launched a survey which asks for the views of the public on policing, particularly the police response during the Covid 19 pandemic. Both the BSL and English versions are on the Police Scotland Citizen Space page. The survey will remain open until 31 March 2021.
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Easy Read information about Domestic Abuse

Easy Read information about Domestic Abuse   People First (Scotland) have created some Easy Read information about Domestic Abuse in partnership with the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability and Scottish Government. View the information on the People First (Scotland) website.
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Supporting Domestic Abuse Victims

Supporting Domestic Abuse Victims New campaign highlights that help is still available. A national campaign is being relaunched to reassure anyone experiencing domestic abuse that support is available to them during these difficult times. Social isolation measures put in place to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19) may be adding pressure to those in abusive domestic situations. Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “These are unsettling times for everyone but I want to be absolutely clear that anyone experiencing domestic abuse in the home is not alone. While they may feel isolated and vulnerable, help is still available round the clock.  “We have heard
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Scottish Government launches Wellbeing Hub for health and care workers

New resources for staff, carers, volunteers and their families.  Organisations from across Scotland have worked together to create a new platform to help health and social care workers and carers look after their physical and mental health. Launching today, a new national digital wellbeing hub will enable staff, carers, volunteers and their families to access relevant support when they need it, and provides a range of self-care and wellbeing resources designed to aid resilience as the whole workforce responds to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).   The hub is the first of its kind in the UK and its content
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New coronavirus helpline set up for vulnerable Scots

New coronavirus helpline set up for vulnerable Scots A helpline has been set up to provide essential assistance to those who do not have a network of support, but who may be at increased risk if they contract coronavirus (COVID-19). It is for anyone who: cannot get online is over 70 is disabled requires the support of mental health services is pregnant receives a flu jab for health reasons The service offers help to people in these categories who do not have family or existing community support. The helpline – 0800 111 4000 – will operate during core working hours
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Disability Equality Scotland Launch Hate Crime Charter Pilot

Disability Equality Scotland Launch Hate Crime Charter Pilot Disability Equality Scotland is delighted to be working with Stagecoach East as part of a pilot programme on behalf of Transport Scotland, designed to tackle hate crime on public transport. Transport Scotland’s Hate Crime Working Group, led by Disability Equality Scotland have conducted a series of public consultations on the topic, which led to the creation of a Hate Crime Charter. The Charter sets out our stance on Hate Crime. Stagecoach East believes that everyone has the right to travel safely and any aggressive, bullying or harassing behaviour will not be tolerated
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News: Disability Equality Scotland Poll Highlights Support for Hate Crime Charter

In the latest poll by Disability Equality Scotland, 92% (106 respondents) supported the introduction of a Hate Crime Charter on public transport. Disability Equality Scotland lead a Working Group to take forward the Hate Crime Charter project. The aim of the project is to create a recognised system to encourage transport providers, members of the public and other services to support a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime. Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to their members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 14 October 2019, the following question was posed: “Would a Hate Crime
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Majority of Disability Equality Members feel confident in reporting an incident of doorstep crime

In a new poll by Disability Equality Scotland, the majority of members who responded feel confident in reporting  an incident of doorstep crime. A summary of the responses is found below: Question: Would you feel confident to report an incident, or suspected incident of doorstep crime? Results:  Yes 94% (29 respondents) No 6% (2 respondents) Your comments:  “Fortunately I live on an island so anyone with criminal intent has to make an effort to come here and has to leave again on a ferry, so we have very little doorstep trouble” “We have these doorsetep traders call several times a
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News: Scottish government publishes ‘easy read’ Victims’ Code

An ‘easy read’ version of the Victims’ Code for Scotland has been launched to help victims with communications difficulties understand their rights. The Scottish government has also awarded £50,000 to the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) to develop a speech, language and communication screening tool for use by Appropriate Adults, who help vulnerable individuals with communication difficulties when they are in contact with the police. Speaking ahead of a visit to Victim Support Scotland in Edinburgh, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “Anyone who has been a victim of crime should have confidence that they will receive the right support and advice through the criminal justice process and
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