If you've ever been abused, assaulted, targeted or intimidated because of who you are, you may have been the victim of a hate crime or hate incident.
Hate crimes are motivated by hostility, prejudice or hatred towards someone's actual or perceived:
- sexual orientation
You don't have to be a member of any of these groups to be the victim of a hate crime. Sometimes the offender may target you by mistake, believing you belong to a certain group, even if you don’t. This is still a hate incident and should be reported.
A hate incident becomes a hate crime when a criminal offence has been committed. This includes offences such as assault, harassment, murder, theft and criminal damage motivated by prejudice.
Hate incidents may or may not be a criminal offence. It doesn't matter if you're not sure, report it to the police. We take all reports of hate incidents seriously.
You can call 101 at any time to report an incident, whether you were the victim or a witness.
Always dial 999 if there is a crime in action or an immediate threat to life.
Further advice and support
True Vision - Information on hate crimes or incidents and how to report them.
Third party reporting mechanism for hate crime and support for victims – visit the Victims First website or call on 0300 234 148.