Despite the increase in reported crimes, hate crime remains widely under reported. Not all victims are comfortable with reporting their experiences directly to the police.
Some victims may find visiting police stations intimidating or daunting, some may not be aware of alternative ways of reporting, or they fear being outed in terms of their sexuality or disability.
Third party reporting centres reduce these barriers by providing an alternative way to report a hate crime. They give confidential advice, help report it, and support victims along the way. Victims can remain anonymous if they wish and don’t need to have contact with the police if they don’t want to.
The National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) and the Crown Prosecution Service have agreed a common definition of hate crime/incident as:
“Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.”
“Any non-crime incident which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a personal characteristic, specifically actual or perceived race, religion/faith, sexual orientation, disability and transgender identity”
What is a Hate Incident?
How do I report a Hate Crime?
If it’s happening now, or the offender is still nearby, call 999 immediately. If less urgent call the police on 101.
Alternative ways of reporting: