Hate crime is a violation of personal and civil rights and can have a major impact on a victim’s quality of life. It also has a negative impact on relationships in local communities. We take reports of hate crime seriously.
What is hate crime?
A hate crime or hate incident is any crime or incident which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice.
The motivation behind hate crimes or incidents can through a prejudice against:
- religion and belief
- sexual orientation
- gender identity
Hate crimes or incidents are not limited to the above list. Malice or ill will towards a social group can be based on any identifying factor.
Hate crimes and incidents can take many forms, including:
- physical attacks
- verbal abuse
- neighbour disputes
- intimidation or harassment
- bullying at school, college or work
- harassment by phone, text, email or through the internet (cyber bullying)
This list is not exhaustive.
It is important to note that a hate incident may not constitute a criminal offence and may not be recorded as a hate crime. They are still considered a serious matter and you should report incidents to us.
You can report a hate crime by calling 101 or report it online. Call 999 in an emergency or if the incident is still happening.
You can help us with our investigation if you are able to provide any kind of evidence in relation to the incident. In particular:
- a description of the perpetrator(s).
- details of any witnesses to the incident.
- a diary record of any ongoing incidents and previous incidents you have experienced.
- original copies of any hate mail that you have received.
- evidence of damage to property, graffiti etc. It is advisable not to clear these up before reporting the incident if possible.
You can use our Stalking, Harassment, Hate Crime and Anti-social Behaviour Diary below.
Stop Hate UK
You can also report hate crime to Stop Hate UK
0800 138 1625
Text: 07717 989 025
Web Chat: www.stophateuk.org/talk
Text Relay, for the deaf and hearing / speech impaired callers: 18001 0800 138 1625
More help and support
16 Melville Street
0300 303 1947
GIRES – Gender Identity Research and Education Society
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