Hate crime

Hate crimes can be committed against a person or property, and are crimes which the victim or any other person perceives to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards any aspect of a person’s identity, namely:

  • Disability
  • Race or ethnicity
  • Religion or belief
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity

A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime.

Hate crime incidents may involve physical attacks, verbal abuse, domestic abuse, harassment, damage to your property, bullying or graffiti.

A Hate Incident, which may or may not be a crime is any incident that the victim or any person perceives to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards any aspect of a person’s identity. Hate incidents can often escalate to crimes and as such the police are concerned about incidents in addition to crimes, and these should be reported. The police can only prosecute when the law is broken, but can work closely with partners and other organisations to try and prevent any escalation in seriousness.

By reporting hate crimes and hate incidents, you may be able to prevent these incidents from happening to someone else, and enable the police to better understand the extent of hate crime in the local area.

Report hate crime

There are several ways to report a hate crime or a hate incident, whether you have been a victim, witness or you are reporting on behalf of someone else.

In an emergency call 999

If you cannot make voice calls, you can now contact the 999 emergency services by SMS text from your mobile phone. However, you can only use this service if you have first registered with emergency SMS.

Contact the police

You can speak to the police in confidence, and do not have to provide your personal details, however any investigation is limited if the police cannot contact you. Contact can be made using the non-emergency number 101 or by visiting your local police station.

Report online

You can report hate crime online through the True Vision website.

Stop Hate UK

The Stop Hate UK website provides confidential and independent hate crime reporting services in various areas in the UK including a 24 hours helpline.

LGBT hate crime

You can report LGBT hate crime online through the Galop.org website.