Hate incidents and crimes can be any incident when someone is targeted where they are seen or believed to be different. This includes:
- Belonging to an Alternative Sub-Culture [Definition: alternative sub-culture means a discernible group that is characterised by a strong sense of collective identity and values and taste e.g. Goths, Emos, Punks, Metalers and some variants of hippie and dance culture.
- Gender identity
- Race, religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
Our definition of a hate incident: Any hate incident, which constitutes a criminal offence, perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.
Examples of hate incidents include:
- Verbal abuse, threatening behaviour, name calling, offensive mail
- Offensive phone calls, offensive text messages, physical assault
- Robbery, harassment, intimidation, vandalism, rape
- Domestic abuse, arson, theft, graffiti, damage, or sexual assault
Many incidents can be obvious, but others may be more hidden, such as overhearing a remark. It does not matter how obvious or how hidden an incident may be. If you feel that you have been the victim of a hate incident, and then please report it to us.
Reporting a hate crime: It is important that all hate crimes and incidents are reported, whether you are a victim or a witness. You can report hate crime the following ways:
- In an emergency, dial 999 and ask for the police
- In a non emergency, you can always contact the police on 101 or visit their website
- You can make a report online on the Stamp It Out
What Happens Now: Once we receive your report, we will record the details and pass them onto the police. We will not give details about you to anyone without asking you first, your report will be treated in confidence with dignity and respect.
Further Help: Coping with the feelings produced by hate crime can be difficult, the police can take action against the offenders, and a solicitor can help you take civil action, such as seeking a court injunction to stop people harassing you.
A list of organisations that provide support to people who have experienced hate crime can be found in the External Links box.