Hate Crime

What is hate crime?

Hate crime is harassing, victimising, intimidating or abusing someone because of their race, faith, religion, disability or because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered. If a hate crime is committed against a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered person it is sometimes known as a homophobic or transphobic crime.

A hate crime is defined as a crime where the perpetrator’s prejudice against any identifiable group of people is a factor in determining who is victimised.

It is important that you report a hate crime because it doesn't just affect the victim, it can have an impact on entire communities.

A hate crime can include:

  • Physical attacks
  • Harassment
  • Threats
  • Damage to property
  • People swearing at you or making abusive remarks
  • People doing things that frighten, intimidate or distress you
  • Bullying at school, college or place of work
  • Offensive graffiti 
  • Spitting or making insulting gestures
  • Malicious communication 

How to report a hate crime:

  • In an emergency call 999
  • Visit your local police station
  • contact your Hate Crime Officer directly or call 101

Alternatively you can report it online, anonymously if you wish, at the True Vision website.

If you do not want to directly involve the police, you can contact the Council's Community Safety Team on 01992 785573 who will arrange a private appointment to discuss your case and options available to you.