Statement from Victoria Police

Victoria Police is aware of recent media reporting and online community discussions suggesting that certain communities are to blame for the latest rise in confirmed coronavirus cases.

We know this may cause many people to feel that they are being unfairly targeted. We want the community to know that we stand by you.

If you have been racially abused or are the victims of a prejudice-motivated crime then please speak to police.

Racism and discrimination have no place in our society. Every Victorian has the right to feel safe and secure in the community. Incidents of racism, discrimination or vilification based on religion, culture or ethnicity not only have direct impact on individual victims, but also the whole community.

We take all reports of this nature seriously, and we are here to support you. Anyone who experiences or witnesses these crimes is encouraged to report them to their local police station.

For more information on prejudice motivated crime, please visit the Victoria Police website. In an emergency, please call Triple Zero (000).