Everyone has the right to live their lives free of prejudice and discrimination. We provide a single point of contact for victims of hate crime and work in partnership with the police and other agencies to support victims and take action against perpetrators.
Hate crimes are incidents or criminal acts directed towards an individual because of their actual or perceived age, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, disability or gender.
It can take many forms including:
• physical attacks – such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti and arson
• threat of attack – including offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls, groups hanging around to intimidate, and unfounded malicious complaints
• verbal abuse or insults – offensive letters and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes and bullying at school or in the workplace.
It is important that you tell someone if you are a victim of hate crime. You can contact our Community Safety Team, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, on 0300 555 6666. Contact the police immediately if you have been assaulted, threatened with violence or are concerned for your safety. You can visit the True Vision website to report incidents of hate crime.
Our leaflet Dealing with hate crime [pdf] 725KB will give you more information about our service and provide you with contact details for additional sources of help.