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Gardaí launch new online facility for reporting hate crime

DUBLIN: In an effort to address under-reporting cases, Gardaí have launched a new online portal that allows victims of hate crime to report the incident. The new online reporting facility is now active on www.garda.ie/en/reportahatecrime/.

All reports will be reviewed by members of the Garda National Diversity and Integration Unit (GNDIU). They will also ensure that appropriate action is taken.

An Garda Síochána received 238 reports of hate crime in the first six months of this year. But Garda Superintendent Michael Corbett says that hate crime is significantly under-reported in Ireland.

“If you have been the victim of a hate crime, please report it to An Garda Sochána; we are here to assist you,” said Mr Corbett of the National Community Engagement Bureau.

Gardai realises that not everyone wants to go to a Garda station to file a complaint. Therefore, they believe the new reporting facility will allow victims to report crimes in a more comfortable manner.

“This facility gives victims the opportunity to report non-emergency incidents to An Garda Síochána. I would urge anyone who feels they have been a victim of hate crime to report it to us,” Garda Assistant Commissioner Paula Hilman, of Roads Policing and Community Engagement, said.

“The impact that hate crime can have on individual victims, their families, the groups to which they belong and wider society can be devastating,” she added.

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