Hate crime

Report a hate crime incident.

The police and the courts treat hate crime very seriously. Hate crime is upsetting for victims and their friends and families, and creates hatred in communities.  If you think you've been a victim of hate crime, you should report it as soon as possible. By reporting it when it happens to you, you may be able to prevent it happening to someone else. You will also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in your local area so they can respond to it better.

Is it an emergency?

Does it feel like the situation could get heated or violent very soon? Is someone in immediate danger? Do you need support right away? If so, please call 999 now.

What is hate crime?

What is hate crime?

Hate crime is any criminal offence that is targeted at a person or group of people because of prejudice or hostility, such as race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability.

What does hate crime cover?

A Hate Crime can include:

  • Being called names
  • Hassled or threatened
  • Being beaten up, kicked or attacked
  • People swearing at you and making abusive remarks
  • People doing things to frighten, intimidate, or scare you
  • Bullying at school, work or college
  • Damage to your property or car or having things stolen
  • Spitting or making insulting gestures

Who can report a hate crime?

Anybody can report a hate crime including:

  • Anyone who has been a victim
  • Anyone who has seen a crime happening
  • Residents in the area
  • Carers of the person
  • Community group
  • Anyone on behalf of someone else

How can I report a hate crime?

Report hate crime to the police

The police will treat hate crime as a priority. The courts can also impose a more severe sentence than for a similar crime with no hate motive.

If a crime is happening now or someone is in immediate danger, call 999

If there's no immediate danger, use our online reporting form below.


True Vision

True Vision is a third party hate crime reporting website supported by all Police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. True Vision provides information for victims and the public about what hate crime is, why it is important to report it when it happens, and sets out the range of ways hate crime can be reported, including via a new online reporting form. The site also provides links to organisations that can offer support and advice on hate crime related issues. 




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