The organisation started life in 1995 as a service for victims of racial harassment. The project was established in direct response to the murder of Stephen Lawrence. In 2006 we launched the Stop Hate Line to respond to Recommendation 16 of The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, 1999 which reads:
“That all possible steps should be taken by Police Services at local level in consultation with local Government and other agencies and local communities to encourage the reporting of racist incidents and crimes. This should include
– the ability to report at locations other than police stations; and
– the ability to report 24 hours a day.”
We dream of a society which is free from hate, harassment and discrimination, where all people are valued for their unique identity.
As Stop Hate UK, our members, staff and volunteers is committed to challenging hatred, harassment and discrimination to create a more just and humane society.
We have values which help us do this:
We see language as an important way to demonstrate our values so we discourage the use of the word ‘victim’. We aim to be sensitive to how people describe themselves and how they want to be communicated with. We have an expertise in running helplines and providing support and know, that to find positive outcomes for people, we need to work with many and varied agencies. Our relationship with anyone who contacts us, whatever the reason, is vital and we use the art of conversation to reach the best outcome we can for the person.