Hate crimes or 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. 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 crimes or hate incidents 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 persons 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 or incident to the police?
A hate crime or incident can be reported by:
- dialling 999 or the alternative number 112 in an emergency
- dialling 18000 to use Next Generation Text Service for the deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired (click here for details)
- using emergencySMS (anyone can register - click here for details)
- calling 101 for non-emergencies
You can also report non- emergency hate crimes or incidents to the police through the True Vision website by clicking on "Reporting hate online" in the "Offsite links" section to the right of the page.