Report Racial Hate Crime

Hate crimes are a destructive force that can tear apart the fabric of our society. It is crucial for us to stand together and combat these acts of intolerance and discrimination. By being vigilant and informed, we can identify instances of hate crime and take action to address them. Whether it's reporting an incident, seeking support, or offering a helping hand to those affected, every effort counts in creating a safer and more inclusive community for all. Remember, together we can make a difference.
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Reporting Racial Hate Crime

Hate crimes and hate incidents

Crimes are typically motivated by something the victim possesses, but hate crimes are driven by who the victim is or appears to be. Hate crimes are offenses perceived to be motivated by prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or transgender identity. Hate incidents are based on perceived prejudice. Personal perception of hate is not required; if someone else perceives it as hate-related, it is considered a hate incident.

Types of hate crime

Hate crime can fall into one of three main types: physical assault, verbal abuse and incitement to hatred.

Physical assault

Physical assault of any kind is an offence. If you’ve been a victim of physical assault you should report it. Depending on the level of the violence used, a perpetrator may be charged with common assault, actual bodily harm or grievous bodily harm.

Verbal abuse

Verbal abuse, threats or name-calling can be a common and extremely unpleasant experience for minority groups.

Victims of verbal abuse are often unclear whether an offence has been committed or believe there is little they can do. However, there are laws in place to protect you from verbal abuse.

If you’ve been the victim of verbal abuse, talk to the police or one of our partner organisations about what has happened. You’ll find a list of them on our How to report hate crime page.

Even if you don’t know who verbally abused you, the information could still help us to improve how we police the area where the abuse took place.

Incitement to hatred

The offence of incitement to hatred occurs when someone acts in a way that is threatening and intended to stir up hatred. That could be in words, pictures, videos, music, and includes information posted on websites.

Hate content may include:

  • messages calling for violence against a specific person or group
  • web pages that show pictures, videos or descriptions of violence against anyone due to their perceived differences
  • chat forums where people ask other people to commit hate crimes against a specific person or group