Hate Crime is a criminal offence. It is defined as subjecting a person to harassment, victimisation, intimidation or abuse because of their race, faith, religion, disability or because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

How to report a hate crime

Hate crime can take many forms - it can be harassment, threats, bullying, people swearing at you, disputes with your neighbours, spitting or insulting gestures and physical attacks. If you have been harassed, abused or assaulted because of who you are or what you believe in, then you are a victim of hate crime. The Police encourage victims and witnesses to report hate crimes and hate incidents. All reports will be taken seriously and treated sensitively.Hate crime can be reported via the non-emergency number 101. In an emergency, where there is an immediate threat to life or property, always dial 999.

If you would prefer to report a hate crime or incident online, then you can do this through the True Vision website


True Vision also has lots of useful information including personal safety information and links to organisations that can offer support and advice.


Many people find that it helps to talk to someone who understands. Victim Support volunteers are specially trained to offer practical help and emotional support. They can be contacted on 0845 30 30 900


Date of last review: 07 August 2018