Reporting 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

This 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.

How can I report hate crime?

In an emergency call the police 999, if it is not an emergency call  101

If you don't want to report to the police you could contact your local council.

Some councils but not all of them, provide or fund local hate crime advice and support services.

Alternatively there are "third party" independent hate crime advice and support services.

More information listed on the police funded True Vision website.

Police Websites

True Vision

True Vision is the police funded hate crime website and resource. Providing a wide spectrum of information covering all the hate crime strands; Disability, Faith, Gender Identity, Race, Seuxal Orientation and Alternative Sub-cultures.

UK Council Websites

Google Map showing every council around the UK

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. 

Specialist Organisations

Community Secuirty Trust

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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. 

Independent Services

After Hate

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

Stop Hate UK

Stop Hate UK is one of the leading national organisations 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

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

Mobile Phone Apps


Self Evident is the convenient and effective mobile phone app for people across England & Wales to engage with the police for free.