Report a hate crime or incident
All hate crimes and incidents should be reported. By reporting
incidents, you will enable the police, local councils, housing
associations etc to build up patterns of behaviour locally, and
highlight areas of concern within your community.
But more importantly, you can get the support you may need and
help ensure that offenders are brought to justice and cannot to the
same to other people.
Why should I report hate crime?
Hate crimes and incidents hurt; they can be confusing and
By reporting them when they happen to you, you may be able to
prevent these incidents from happening to someone else. You will
also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in your
local area so they can better respond to it.
Reporting makes a difference - to you, your friends, and
How can I report?
There are several ways you can report a hate crime, whether you
have been a victim, a witness, or you are reporting on behalf of
1. In an emergency
- call 999 or 112.
- If you cannot make voice calls, you can now contact the 999
emergency services by SMS text from your mobile phone. However, you
will only be able to use this service if you have registered with
emergencySMS first. See the emergencySMS website for
details. (opens in new window)
2. Contact the police
- Who you can speak to in confidence. You do not have to give
your personal details, but please be aware the investigation and
ability to prosecute the offender(s) is severely limited if the
police cannot contact you. Contact your local police force, either
by telephone or by visiting your local police station. Details on
how to contact your local police force can be found on the
website (opens in new window).
3. Report online
4. Self reporting form
- You can download the self reporting form and send
this to your local police force. The forms, including an Easy
Read version, can be found on the 'Report a hate crime' page.
5. Third party reporting
- Local agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, Community
Voluntary Services etc can also report the incident on your behalf
and provide you with advice and support. The 'Organisations that can help'
page has a list of organisations that may be able to help
- Stop Hate
UK provide confidential and independent Hate Crime reporting
services in various areas in the UK including a 24 hour
6. Reporting Terrorist and Extremist
- “The internet is used by some people to promote terrorism
and extremism. You can challenge and report terrorist and extremist
content you find online, which you feel is offensive, or illegal.
For more information about what makes online content illegal and
how to report it, please visit www.direct.gov.uk/reportingonlineterrorism
- If you do not want to talk to the police or fill in the
reporting forms, you can still report a hate crime by calling
Crimestoppers on 0800 555111
or via their website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
(open in new window). You do not have to give your name and what
you say is confidential. It is free to call.
- You can give us as little or as much personal information as
you wish. But please note:
- With your details... the incident can be
investigated fully and you can get the service you deserve and the
support you need.
- Without your details... the report will be
used for monitoring purposes to get a true vision of what is
What can I report?
You can report any incident you believe was motivated by
hostility based on your:
- sexual orientation
- transgender identity
These incidents may involve physical attacks, verbal abuse,
domestic abuse, harassment, damage to your property, bullying or