We’re supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week, joining other organisations across the country to help ensure sure no one feels targeted because of their gender, sexuality, race, religion or disability.
As well as having an effect on someone’s health and well-being, hate crime can also lead to divides in wider communities.
Hate crime is a serious matter and we have a duty to investigate it as we do with all other forms of anti-social behaviour (ASB).
What is hate crime?
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:
- race or ethnicity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
- transgender identity
This can be committed against a person or property.
How do I report a hate crime?
Reporting a hate crime is the same as reporting any other incident of ASB. You can report it via our customer service telephone number on 0300 456 2099 or online. The case will be individually risk assessed by the ASB Officer for your area and an action plan created. This will allow the officer to investigate the matter and work in partnership with the police and other supporting agencies and charities.
Do I have to report hate crime to the police?
You don’t have to have reported it to the police. If you do not feel comfortable doing so, we can report it on your behalf. Reports can also be made anonymously through True Vision and Crime Stoppers, as well as these charities listed on the True Vision website.
Can I report a hate crime even if it wasn’t targeting me?
Even if you haven’t been a victim yourself, it is important to remember that you can report a hate crime on the behalf of someone else if you believe someone has been personally targeted on the basis of their gender, sexuality, race, religion or disability. Whether you are a carer, friend, family member or neighbour, you can report it and stop further victimisation.
Find out more about National Hate Crime Awareness Week.