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. 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
You can report a hate crime to the police by using the Hertfordshire Constabulary website or calling the police non emergency number 101.