Hate crime incidents are acts of violence or hostility directed at people because of who they are or who someone thinks they are.
The police and Crown Prosecution Service have agreed a common definition of hate crime incidents.
They say something is a hate incident if the victim or anyone else think it was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on one of the following things:
A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anybody could be a victim of a hate crime. For example, you may have been targeted because someone thought you were gay, or because you have a disabled relative or child.
This means that if you believe something is a hate incident it should be recorded as such by the person you are reporting it to.
Hate incidents take many forms, e.g. physical or verbal abuse, online threats, intimidation, graffiti, bullying or malicious complaints.
It’s also important to keep in mind that some hate crimes start as smaller incidents which may escalate into more serious and frequent attacks - so it’s always best to act early.
If you experience or witness a hate crime you can report it to the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
You can report a hate incident or crime online on the True Vision website report-it.org.uk
Once you’ve filled in the form on the website, it’s sent directly to your local police force. You can also use the self-reporting form which you must then send to your local police.
Stop Hate Line is a free 24 hour for anyone who has experienced Hate Crime. It is run by Stop Hate UK and provides a confidential and independent services.
You can also report hate crime to these Independent Advice and Support Services including: