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Positive Minds offers safe haven for victims of hate crime

Hate crimes often go unreported. Positive Minds is now a Third Party Reporting Center, giving Portsmouth residents a supportive and welcoming place to report a hate crime.

People in Portsmouth can now report a hate crime without having to step into a police station – thanks to the opening of a new centre in the city centre.

Solent Mind’s Positive Minds service, which offers mental health and wellbeing support to people in Portsmouth, has partnered with Hampshire Constabulary to become a Third Party Reporting Centre. 

Third Party Reporting Centres (TPRCs) offer an alternative to speaking directly to the police about a hate crime incident. They offer people a safe and confidential space to report hate crimes, with additional support provided from mental health experts. You can also choose to remain anonymous and have no contact with the police. 

While extremely prevalent and hurtful to individuals and the community, hate crimes are also vastly under-reported. Many people don’t feel comfortable speaking to the police or find police stations intimidating. 

Victims of hate crime are more likely to be impacted emotionally and psychologically following a crime than victims of all crime, so having this kind of support in place for residents of Portsmouth is so important.

Gaby Sanchez, Wellbeing Team Lead at Positive Minds says:

"At the heart of everything we do at PositiveMinds, supporting the Pompey community is our number one priority. So many people in our community are victims of hate crimes every day and may not know where to go and may be scared to reach out to the police.

We hope that by becoming a TPRC, we can become a safe haven for the Pompey community where everyone can feel safe to bring their whole selves to PositiveMinds and will be supported by our team of dedicated Wellbeing Advisors."

Today the team met with Hampshire Constabulary to officially mark them as a Third Party Reporting Service. Pictured from left to right are Gaby, Anna, Kirsty and Claudia from Positive Minds, with Inspector Louise Tester. 

If you’d like to find out more, or need some support in reporting a hate crime, you can contact Positive Minds on 023 9282 4795 or by emailing positiveminds@solentmind.org.uk
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