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Report Hate Crime

 What is a hate crime?


Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:

  • disability
  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • transgender identity


They can be committed against a person or property. A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime. 


What is a hate incident?


Hate Incidents can feel like crimes to those who suffer them and often escalate to crimes or tension in a community. 


For this reason the police are concerned about incidents and you can use the True Vision website to report non-crime hate incidents. 


The police can only prosecute when the law is broken but can work with partners to try and prevent any escalation in seriousness.


Why should I report hate crime?


Hate crimes and incidents hurt; they can be confusing and frightening.


By reporting them when they happen to you, you may be able to prevent these incidents from happening to someone else.  You will also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in your local area so they can better respond to it.


Reporting makes a difference - to you, your friends, and your life.


How can I report Hate Crime?

 There are several ways you can report a hate crime, whether you have been a victim, a witness, or you are reporting on behalf of someone else:


In an emergency

  • call 999 or 112.
  • If you cannot make voice calls, you can now contact the 999 emergency services by SMS text from your mobile phone. However, you will only be able to use this service if you have registered with emergencySMS first. See the emergencySMS website for details. (opens in new window)


2. Contact the police

  • Who you can speak to in confidence. You do not have to give your personal details, but please be aware the investigation and ability to prosecute the offender(s) is severely limited if the police cannot contact you. Contact your local police force, either by telephone or by visiting your local police station. Details on how to contact your local police force can be found at www.police.uk (opens in new window).


3. Report online

  • You can report online using the facility on this website.  Go to the 'Reporting online' page. (opens in new window)


4. Self-reporting form

  • You can download the self reporting form and send this to your local police force. The forms, including an Easy Read version, can be found on the 'Report a hate crime' page. (opens in new window)


5. Third party reporting centres

  • Local agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, Community Voluntary Services etc can also report the incident on your behalf and provide you with advice and support. The 'Organisations that can help' page has a list of those organisations that may be able to help you. (opens in new window).


6. Crimestoppers

  • If you do not want to talk to the police or fill in the reporting forms, you can still report a hate crime by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111or via their website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. Tell them what you know 100% anonymously. Always. Speak up. Stop crime. Stay safe.


More information listed on the police funded True Vision website.


www.report-it.org.uk

True Vision Website

On the True Vision website you can:


  • Find out what hate crime and hate incidents are.
  • find out ways that you can report them.
  • Report using the online form.
  • Find information about people who can provide you with advice and support.
  • Download resources.
  • And much more.


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The True Vision online reporting facility below has been developed so that you can report hate crimes online, if you do not want to report directly to the police.  


The police take hate crime very seriously and will record and investigate this offence even if you do not want to give your details.  However, you must note that the investigation and ability to prosecute the offender(s) is severely limited if the police cannot contact you.


You may also specify how you want to be contacted and if contacting you would cause you any difficulties.  The police will not pass on your details without your consent and would ask you to consider giving your details confidentially.


To report a hate crime - please select the county/area where the crime happened from the drop down list below and you will be taken to the correct reporting form. 


You can use the postcode search at www.police.uk  to check the name of your local police service.

TRUE VISION

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Finding Information About Police Services AROund the UK

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In 2017 we conducted a national piece of research - asking every council across the UK whether or not they display hate crime information on their websites. 


61.20% 235 out of 384 who responded - said they do. 


We used this information to create the Google Map below.

Google Map Showing Council websites around the UK

FINDING INFORMATION ABOUT LOCAL COUNCILS

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Third Party Organisations

Community Secuirty Trust

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CST is Community Security Trust, a charity that protects British Jews from antisemitism and related threats. CST received charitable status in 1994 and is recognised by the Police and Government as a unique model of best practice.

Galop

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If you’ve experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse, we’re here for you. We also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.  We are a completely independent community-led group. Anything you tell us is confidential, and you can contact us anonymously if you choose.

Inclusion London

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Inclusion London supports 90 Deaf and Disabled Organisations working across every London borough. Through these organisations, our reach extends to over 70,000 Disabled Londoners. Inclusion London are spear-heading #DisabilityHateCrimeMatters

Sophie Lancaster Foundation

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The aims and objectives of the Charity are as follows:

  • To create a lasting legacy to Sophie.
  • To provide educational group-works that will challenge the prejudice and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures.
  • To campaign to have the UK Hate Crime legislation extended to include people from alternative subcultures or Lifestyle and Dress.

The Monitoring Group

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A leading anti-racist charity that promotes civil rights.


a. To promote good race relations;
b. To advance race relations by means of education and awareness raising; and
c. To relieve the needs of those who are distressed or suffering violence or harassment.

Tell Mama

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We are an independent, non-governmental organisation which works on tackling anti-Muslim hatred and therefore our work is not influenced or wholly shaped by Government. However, we work with Central Government to raise the issues of anti-Muslim hatred at a policy level and our work helps to shape and inform policy makers, whilst ensuring that an insight is brought into this area of work through the systematic recording and reporting of anti-Muslim hate incidents and crimes.

Report Racism Gypsy Roma Traveller

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Gypsy and Traveller Empowerment Herts have set up this reporting site working with other Gypsy, Traveller and Roma organisations to collect data on where, when and the type of hate used against community members. 


This data will not identify anyone but will help us highlight to government and police the extent of hate incidents against community members so that hopefully they can counter this problem. We can also provide support to Gypsy, Traveller and Roma victims of racism. 

deaf+plus Hate Crime Helpline for Deaf/BSL users

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If you are Deaf/BSL user and have experienced hate crime  and would like advice on how to report it please contact the deaf+plus helpline.

Independent Services

After Hate

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After Hate is part of a Preston-based, volunteer-led, social enterprise Global Amigos.

Stop Hate UK

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Stop Hate UK is  working to challenge all forms of Hate Crime and discrimination, based on any aspect of an individual’s identity. 


Stop Hate UK provides independent, confidential and accessible reporting and support for victims, witnesses and third parties. 

Victim Support

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An independent charity whose support is free, confidential and tailored to your needs.