Everyone should be free to live their lives without fear of abuse or attack on the basis of who they are, what they believe or how they look.

Hate crime can affect everyone, young and old, and every ethnicity. We support victims from a wide variety of backgrounds

What is a hate crime?

Hate crime describes when someone is victimised because of their:

  • race
  • religion and belief
  • sexual orientation
  • disability
  • gender identity

If you or another person perceives a crime to be motivated by hate against one of the above, then it will be treated as a hate crime.

What does hate crime look like?

Hate crime can take many forms. For example, a hate crime can be:

  • physical violence
  • verbal abuse
  • online abuse
  • obscene calls
  • criminal damage
  • arson
  • dumping of rubbish
  • intimidation

How do I report a hate crime?

Report all incidents, whether or not they require immediate response.

To report incidents that require police attention, but are not emergencies, you should report it to the police online or call the non-emergency number 101.

You can also report the incident online at True Vision.

In an emergency, always call 999 when you need an immediate police response because:

  • a crime is in progress
  • someone suspected of a crime is nearby
  • there is danger to life
  • violence is being used or threatened

I have experienced hate crime and need support

Victim Support offers lots of information and support for victims of all sorts of crime – you can also request support and find out more about reporting a crime.

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