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What is hate crime?

A hate crime is any criminal offence that is motivated by hostility or prejudice based upon the victim’s:

  • Disability.
  • Race.
  • Religion or belief.
  • Sexual orientation.
  • Transgender

All hate crime is important. No hate crime is too minor to report to the police. Anyone can be the victim of a hate crime. We all have a racial identity, all have a sexual orientation and all have some sort of beliefs. Anyone of us could be targeted because of some aspect of our identity. Tackling hate crime supports each and every one of us.

How to report hate crime

We understand that if you have been or are a victim of hate crime then you might not want to go to the police about it, but you can report it using the Report Hate Crime leaflet – just fill in the form and return it to the freepost address. The leaflet also contains useful contact numbers.

Hate crime leaflet (pdf, 225 KB)