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Reporting a hate crime

What is a hate crime?

Hate crimes are crimes committed against someone based on their:

  • disability
  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • transgender identity.

Hate crimes can be committed against a person directly, or against their property, for example by damaging their house or possessions.

Technically, anyone could be the victim of a hate crime. Sometimes, people can be targeted because of others’ beliefs about who or what they are, rather than any facts.

How to report a hate crime

If you’re the victim of a crime, such as a physical or verbal attack, that relates to your sexual orientation or gender identity, this could be a hate crime.

You can get help immediately by calling the police – phone 999 if it’s an emergency, or 101 if the situation is less urgent. Alternatively you could call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111. You can also report a hate crime online, or tell a trusted adult who can report it on your behalf.

It’s important to report hate crimes so that the people responsible don’t commit them again. Remember that support is available for people who report being a victim of crime and you will not be judged or victimised.

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