Hate Crime

Hate crime and harassment

 If you’re a victim of an incident where you were targeted because of your ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability, this can be described as a hate crime.

Hate crime can take many forms: verbal or physical abuse; property damage; or a targeted campaign intended to harm, intimidate or distress a person or group of people. They can often be the same as other anti-social behaviours except that they could be motivated by hate or prejudice.

Harassment is any unlawful behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated or offended.

Persistent unwanted conduct towards someone because of their age, sex, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation is considered harassment.

Reporting hate crime and harassment

If you, or someone you know, is the victim of harassment or a hate crime we can help you get the support you need.

We understand that you may find it difficult to report a hate crime to us or the police. Sometimes perpetrators assume that hate crimes won’t be reported and take advantage.

If you’re worried you, or someone you know, might be in immediate danger, always call 999 first.

Hate crime and harassment is always an urgent issue.

Report it to us by calling 01223 315036


How we can help

Your safety is the most important thing to us, and we’ll do everything we can to make sure you get the support you need.

This might include working with the police or local council to get you specialised services or extra safety measures.

For details of other agencies who can help see our Get some help page