What is hate crime?
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a
person because of hostility or prejudice towards that
- race or ethnicity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
- transgender identity
This can be committed against a person or property.
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
More information on the different forms of hate crime can be
found by clicking on the Navigation Menu on the left-hand side of
your screen. You can also see our definition of hate crime on the
Hate Crime Data page of this website
(opens in new window).
Hate Incidents can feel like crimes to those who suffer them and
often escalate to crimes or tension in a community. For this reason
the police are concerned about incidents and you can use this site
to report non-crime hate incidents. The police can only prosecute
when the law is broken but can work with partners to try and
prevent any escalation in seriousness.
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 a hate crime?
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
- You can report online using the facility on this website.
Go to the 'Reporting
online' page. (opens in new window)
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. (opens
in new window)
5. Third party reporting centres
- 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 those organisations that may be able to help
you. (opens in new window).
- Stop Hate UK provide
confidential and independent Hate Crime reporting services in
various areas in the UK including a 24 hour helpline.
- 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 (opens
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 crimes can I report?
All hate crimes and incidents should be reported, whether you
have been a victim, a witness or you are reporting on behalf of
These incidents may include verbal abuse, physical assault,
domestic abuse, harassment and damage to property.
If a person is bullied as a result of their disability, race,
religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity, this is also
dealt with either as a hate crime or non-crime hate incident.
Bullying could include name-calling, being spat at or kicked, or
having your things taken or damaged.
Further information on what you can report and how you
can report it is included in the ‘Report a hate crime’ page of
Reporting Terrorist and Extremist Material
“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