In England and Wales, hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted becuase of hostility or prejudice in relation to:
This can be committed against a person or property. Please call 999 if you feel life is in danger or 101 at any other time.
A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime.If a person is convicted of a criminal offence, and hostility in relation to any of the above categories is proven, then any sentence they receive will be increased to take in to account that it is a hate crime.
When is hate serious enough to report?
If you are insulted? Offended? Scared? Threatened? Shoved? Attacked? All of the above. If it happens, it's serious enough.
Why should people report hate?
Because earlier interventions can prevent escalation to violence. Nothing is too small to report - it all helps to build up a better picture of the problem of hate in our communities.
What will the police do?
We will maintain a proactive and effective response to tackling and preventing hate, ensuring that perpetrators are held to account and prosecuted where appropriate.
Not every victim wants us to take their case - evidence allowing - to court, and you don't have to. Community Resolution or Restorative Justice offers victims the opportunity to propose outcomes that the perpetrator will be asked to comply with for the matter to be resolved out of court.
Reporting a hate crime
There are many different ways to report a hate crime, these include reporting it us directly or through a third party reporting centre. Visit our How can I report a hate crime page for all available options .
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