A hate crime is behaviour that someone thinks was caused by hostility, prejudice or hatred of:
- Disability (including physical impairments, mental health problems, learning disabilities, hearing and visual impairment)
- Gender identity (people who are transgender, transsexual or transvestite)
- Race, skin colour, nationality, ethnicity or heritage
- Religion, faith or belief (including people without a religious belief)
- Sexual orientation (people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or heterosexual)
This can include:
- 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 or text messages, groups hanging around to intimidate and unfounded, malicious complaints
- Verbal abuse or insults – offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, offensive comments and/or name calling, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes and bullying at school or in the workplace
If you have witnessed or been the victim of a hate incident then please report it.
All incidents are taken very seriously and treated in the strictest confidence.
To report to the police:
To report it to us
If you report hate crime to us we will aim to acknowledge within 5 working days and reply to you with ways we think we can help within 20 working days.
To talk to someone
If you just want to talk to someone about what has happened, you can call the 24 hour Stop Hate UK
confidential helpline on 0800 138 1625