Hate crimes/hate incidents can take place anywhere – at home, in the streets, at work or at school. No-one should have to live with the fear, anxiety and consequences of hate crime. Reporting it when it happens will help the Police to deal with it and may prevent these incidents from happening to someone else. You will also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in your local area so they can better respond to it.
What is a Hate Crime?
A Hate Crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Physical attacks, such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti and arson;
- Threat of attack, such as offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls, groups hanging around to intimidate, and unfounded malicious complaints;
What is a Hate Incident?
A Hate Incident is any incident, which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by prejudice or hate towards a person’s disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Verbal abuse, insults or harassment, such as taunting, offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes, and bullying at school or in the workplace.
How do I report a Hate Crime / Incident?
A Hate Crime / Incident can be reported by:
- call 999 in an emergency
- call 101 for non-emergencies
- for non-emergency hate incidents use our online reporting form
- call in person at any police station (click here to find your local police station)
- If you would rather not speak to a Police Officer, you can contact Stop Hate UK or True Vision or use one of the independent Hate Incident Reporting Centres provided by Local Authorities
If you have been the victim of behaviour you felt was inappropriate by a police ofﬁcer or member of police staff you can report a police complaint.
What happens after you have reported a Hate Crime / Incident?
All hate crimes / incidents are investigated thoroughly. Not all cases will be put before the Court, but when a hate incident is received the views of the victim are always considered.