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Hate Crime

What is hate crime?

A hate crime or incident is any incident that may or may not be a criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate.

The prejudice or hate can be based on a number of factors including;

  • Disability (including learning disabilities)
  • Race/ ethnicity
  • Religion or belief (including no belief)
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity.

Hate Crime can take many forms including;

  • Verbal abuse or insults, offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes and bullying in the school or workplace
  • Threat of attack-including offensive letters, abusive obscene telephone calls and offensive comments on social networking sites
  • Physical attack-such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbour disputes and arson
  • So called 'mate crime' could also come under Hate Crime. 'Mate crime' is when somebody befriends a vulnerable person to take advantage of that vulnerability.

The lack of reporting is a major issue in relation to all hate crimes. Research shows that there are higher levels of hate crime taking place than are currently reported.

How to report hate crime

If you have witnessed or experienced hate crime you can report it in a number of ways:

By phone

  • Call 101 or in an emergency dial 999.
  • For practical advice and support call 101 and ask to speak to your local hate crime team.
  • Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

In person

  • Visit your local police station. Click here to see where your nearest police station is.
  • You can call into a third party reporting centre (i.e Registered Social Landlords offices).
  • If you prefer the pictorial version of how to deal with Hate Crime and make a report, or you are looking after a person who would benefit from having this version please click here.

Report online

  • Click here to report hate crime to via 'True Vision' - a hate crime website set up by police forces from across the country.
  • Click here to report hate crime to Crimestoppers online.
  • If you live in certain areas of Merseyside, your local authority may pay into a reporting system called Stop hate UK. They can be contacted on 0800 138 1625 or via the Internet on StopHateUK.org

If you feel uncomfortable contacting any of the above agencies, please speak with a trusted community member who could help you make the report.