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Hate crime

What is Hate Crime?

Hate crime involves any criminal offence where the victim or any other person believes they have been targeted because of their:

  • Race / Ethnicity
  • Religion / Belief
  • Gender or Gender Identity
  • Disability
  • Sexual orientation.

Hate Crime can include name calling, verbal abuse, bullying and harassment, spitting and physical attacks, damage to property, graffiti, written notes, emails, abuse on social media sites and text messages.

  • For lots of information and advice, and to find out what to do if you are worried about hate crime and cruelty to people with learning difficulties please visit this website.

What you can do

Hate Crime is hugely under-reported as some victims feel reluctant to come forward for fear of attracting further abuse or because they do not believe they will be taken seriously.

If you or anyone you know has or is experiencing Hate Crime, please report it by telephoning the Police on 101 (call charged at local rate) or go online at http://report-it.org.uk/home


  • If the incident is serious and you or someone else is in immediate danger contact the Police by dialling 999.
  • To report all other matters to the Police call 101 (cost charged at local rate)
  • Contact your local Housing Officer as soon as possible.