If you have been bullied, assaulted, harassed or verbally abused because you are different, then you may have been a victim of hate crime.
We know that hate crimes and incidents can have a serious impact on victims and their quality of life. It has a negative impact on the communities in which we live. We are committed to stamping out all incidents and crimes motivated by prejudice and hate. Victims will always be treated professionally and sympathetically by our staff.
A hate crime is a criminal offence which has been perceived by the victim as having been motivated by some form of prejudice or hate.
Hate crimes and incidents can be motivated by prejudice about:
We recognise that other personal characteristics can lead to incidents or crime motivated by prejudice, and we will not tolerate any form of hate incident or crime.
Crimes that are often committed as hate crimes are:
If an incident has occurred which is motivated by hate or prejudice but is not necessarily a criminal offence, then it is known as a hate incident. Although hate incidents are not criminal offences, they are still a serious matter and should be reported to us.
Reporting hate incidents and hate crimes provides valuable information to the police. You may have information that can lead to the identification, arrest and prosecution of an offender. Evidence that a crime has been aggravated by prejudice can lead to an increased sentence at court.
If you feel you are becoming a victim of hate crime we would prefer to speak to you on the phone (by calling us on 101) or in person at a police station.
Please note: You do not have to be the victim to report an incident. If you see things like this happening you should take responsibility and report it to help prevent these incidents from occurring in our communities in the future.
For a list of organisations set up specifically to offer support and advice for victims of hate crime go to the Hate Crime - Help and Support page.