West Sussex County Councillors came together last week to show their support for Hate Crime Awareness Week (13-20 October).
As part of the Full Council meeting, councillors came together to raise awareness of hate incidents in West Sussex and how to report them.
Hate incidents and crimes involve hostility or prejudice towards an individual because of their race, faith, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, and can cause victims, their families and friends great distress.
If the victim, a witness or other person believes someone has been targeted in this way, reporting the incident means the victim can access free, independent and confidential support.
Despite more people reporting hate incidents than ever before in West Sussex, incidents are still going unreported says West Sussex County Council.