Recognising hate crime
Recognising a hate crime can be difficult; put simply, a crime is an act which breaks the law. Any crime has the potential to be a hate crime. Crimes might include (but are not limited to):
- Offensive language (including name calling and insults)
- Abusive verbal or written comments which are meant to threaten and intimidate (including through email, social networks and mobile phone messages)
- Physical assault
- Domestic violence
- Financial exploitation
- Vandalism or criminal damage to your property
- Sexual abuse and assault
- Threats, intimidation, humiliation or degradation
A crime becomes a hate crime when it is motivated by hostility or prejudice on the following grounds:
- Ethnicity or race
- Disability (including mental health)
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity
- Religion or beliefs
A hate incident is any incident (which may or may not be a crime) that the victim or any other person perceives to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards any aspect of a the victim's identity. Hate incidents can feel like crimes to those who suffer them and often escalate to crimes or tension in a community. Hate incidents should be reported just as hate crimes are.
Reporting hate crime
By reporting hate crime:
- you stop it getting worse
- you stop it happening to others
- you help identify the offenders
- you make your community safer.
Anybody can report a hate crime - whether they are the victim, someone who witnessed the crime, or someone the victim has told about the crime or incident.
If someone's life is in danger, or a serious crime is taking place, you should always call the police immediately using 999.
In all other cases you can contact the police on 101.
When reporting a hate crime it is important that you tell the police that you believe it is a hate crime.
If the victim does not want to talk to the police, you can call us on 0800 171 2272.
If you would like more information, please refer to the links section located on the right of this page.