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Report hate crime

If you have been bullied, assaulted, harassed or verbally abused because you are different, then you may have been a victim of hate crime.

What is hate crime?

A hate crime is a criminal offence which has been perceived by the victim as having been motivated by some form of prejudice or hate.

Immediate danger

Dial 999, If you feel you are in immediate danger.

Hate crimes and incidents can be motivated by prejudice about:

  • race, skin colour, ethnic origin, nationality (including against gypsies and travellers)
  • religion and faith (or lack of religious belief)
  • gender identity (including resentment of transgender people, transsexuals and transvestites)
  • sexual orientation (including homophobia)
  • disability (including physical disabilities, sensory impairments, learning disabilities and mental health issues)

We recognise other personal characteristics can lead to incidents or crime motivated by prejudice, and we will not tolerate any form of hate incident or crime.

Crimes which are often committed as hate crimes are:

  • physical attacks such as assaults
  • vandalism, criminal damage, graffiti or arson
  • verbal abuse or abusive gestures
  • cyberbullying
  • offensive letters or text messages (hate mail) or phone calls
  • offensive leaflets and posters
  • threats of an attack

If an incident has occurred which is motivated by hate or prejudice but is not necessarily a criminal offence, it is known as a hate incident. Although hate incidents are not criminal offences, they are still a serious matter and should be reported to us.

What should you do if you see a hate crime?

  • Offer support for the victim. While the incident is taking place and only if you feel safe to do so. Let the victim know they are not alone.
  • Understand. Console the victim after the event, show you understand them, they are not alone and hate has no home in your community.
  • Tell the police. If you witnessed a hate crime, it is important to report the details, even if you do not feel comfortable to report it at the time, you can report online later using the incident form below.

Report hate crime

Report hate crime

If you have been a victim of a hate crime, we would prefer to speak to you:

You do not have to be the victim to report an incident. If you see what you think is a hate crime happening, you should report it.

Support for victims of hate crime

Support is available for victims of hate crime.

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