Hate Crime

What is hate crime?

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 personal characteristic.

A hate crime could happen to a person because of:

  • Race/ethnic origin
  • Religion
  • Gender identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability

What to look for:

  • Name calling
  • Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Being ignored
  • Being made fun of
  • Verbal or physical attack
  • Having your things stolen or damaged
  • Being bullied

Types of hate crime

Hate crime can take many forms including:

  • Physical attacks - such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbour disputes and arson
  • Threat of attack - including offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls, groups hanging around to intimidate and unfounded, malicious complaints
  • Verbal abuse or insults - offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes, and bullying at school or in the workplace.

Challenging and reducing hate crime

We know that hate crime inflicts a greater psychological distress on the victim than a non-bias crime and victims can suffer severe post-traumatic stress symptoms such as depression, anxiety and anger. These are some of the many reasons that hate crime receives a different approach than other non-hate motivated requests.

Violence and harassment take place as part of hate crimes, often over sustained and prolonged periods of time with long term physical and psychological effects on victims, children and families. For many this abuse may be verbal abuse received on a daily basis, intervention is required at this level before abuse escalates.

We believe that everyone has the right to live without fear of abuse, whether verbal, physical or sexual. Individuals are also entitled to live in their homes without fearing damage to their property.

We will support victims to report incidents to enable us to gather evidence of abuse and ultimately to allow the courts to prosecute the people responsible.

Hate Crime/Incident Reporting

You can report a hate crime in a number of ways:

  • At a Police Station Opening Hours
  • By telephoning the Police either on 101 or 999 if it is an emergency.
  • At a 3rd party reporting centre if you prefer to speak to someone who is not a police officer. Each centre has trained staff who can advise you about what to do next. 3rd Party Reporting Centres list
  • Or online, please see the link below…

The online reporting facility has been developed so that you can report hate crimes online, if you do not want to report directly to the police. The police take hate crime very seriously and will record and investigate this offence even if you do not want to give your details. However, you must note that the investigation and ability to prosecute the offender(s) is severely limited if the police cannot contact you.

Hate Crime/Incident Reporting Form (External Website)

When not to use this form

Your online report will be forwarded immediately to the relevant police force for investigation but it may not receive attention for several hours.  For this reason you should never report online an incident where:

  • The offender is still present
  • You or anyone else is seriously hurt or in danger
  • You think the offender may return
  • In the above circumstances, we would urge you to call 999 and the police will respond immediately.