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Statewide support for reporting hate acts

According to the most recent “Hate Crime in California” Report” — released by the State Attorney General’s Office— there was a 20% rise in reported hate crimes between 2021 and 2022. Four hundred and eighty eightof those hate incidents took place in the Bay Area. Those numbers are likely an under-estimate, since many hate crimes go unreported.

Since October 7 of this year, the number of Islamophobic and anti-Semitic hate acts has spiked nationally.

Earlier this year, California launched a hate act hotline to provide support for people who have experienced or witnessed a hate act. The number is 833-8-NO-HATE. Between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on weekdays callers will be connected to an actual person trained in culturally-competent communication, and trauma-informed response.

It’s not a law enforcement line and all have the option to report anonymously. Phone support is available in more than 200 languages. The hotline is a part of the statewide CA versus HATE program, aimed at stopping the normalization of hate in our communities.

It’s worth noting: if you — or someone you’ve witnessed — is in present danger, 911 is still the right number to call.

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