What is Hate Crime?

What is Hate Crime?

Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:

  • disability
  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • transgender identity

It  is defined by the Criminal Justice system as:

'Any crime or incident which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice, based on a persons real or presumed religion, sexual orientation, race, gender identity or disability'

It might be that someone has shouted names at you, taken money from you or told them to buy you things when you didn't want to, it might also be that someone has physically hurt you or damaged your property.

Someone doesn't have to hate you to commit these crimes against you, they may only dislike the fact you are disabled or gay for example. This might be difficult to prove and you may try to ignore it but it is really important that you let someone know if you think you are being targeted.

Hate Incidents

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.


If you have been a victim of hate crime you can find emotional and practical support using our directory to the left-hand side.

Why should I report hate crime?

Hate crimes and incidents hurt; they can be confusing and frightening.

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.

How can I report a hate crime?

Report to the Police

You can report hate crime to the police using the non-emergency number 101. In an  emergency please dial 999.

Report to the Hate Crime Network

You can report hate crime by:

Phone: 0300 1234 148

App: You can also download their app to find out more about hate crime and to report it when and where it happens.

The app 'TVHCNetwork' is available to download to AppleHTML and Android phones.

Report it online

You can also report hate crime using the form below.

Please note that by completing the form your details will be passed to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner