Crime and safety
Report hate crime
Report hate crime
Crimes committed against someone because of their disability, gender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation are hate crimes and should be reported to the police.
Hate crimes include:
- Threatening behaviour
- Damage to property
- Inciting others to commit hate crimes
If you have reported a hate crime, you can ask us to review the case through the community trigger.
More ways to report a Hate Crime
Other than reporting Hate Crime to Essex Police online there are several more options you can use to report Hate Crime, from reporting anonymously to in- person or online.
Speak to the police directly:
- In person at a police station
- By calling 999 for emergencies
- By calling 101 for non-urgent enquiries
Report to Stop Hate UK
Stop Hate UK is a national Hate Crime charity that provides a free and anonymous, 24/7 Hate Crime reporting and information line to residents in Essex.
- Free 24-hour helpline : 0800 138 1625
- For under 18s : 0808 801 0576
- Or visit their website: www.stophateuk.org/
Report online to True Vision
- Visit www.report-it.org.uk
Report a Hate Crime through the Hate Incident Reporting Centre (HIRC).
HIRCs are community venues where individuals can be supported around Hate Crime, either to report or access support.
- Visit the Essex Police to find HIRC’s
Report anonymously to Crimestoppers
- Telephone: 0800 555 111
Contact your local authority or housing officer
Why should you report Hate Crime?
Hate Crime in any form is inexcusable.
By reporting Hate Crime, you can get help and support if you need it. If you tell someone what has happened – such as a friend, family member or agency – it gives you an opportunity to talk about what happened and decide what action to take. You may want someone to speak to the police on your behalf or you might decide to report using a different option.
Anyone can report Hate Crime, regardless of whether they are the victim, witness, or are reporting on behalf of someone else.
By reporting a Hate Crime, you may be able help the police understand the extent of Hate Crime in your local area and they can develop a response. This may prevent these incidents from happening to someone else. Reporting makes a difference to you, your friends, and your community.
Information and support for victims
Contact Victim Support, the national charity that provides free and independent practical and emotional support to victims of crime or traumatic incidents. Victims can access the services regardless of when the crime happened or if the police are involved:
Essex Victim Support
- Telephone: 0808 178 1694
- Open 8am-5pm
- Monday to Friday
Call the national, 24/7 Supportline
- Telephone: 0808 168 9111
Visit their website
For guidance on the Criminal Justice System
Information about Restorative Justice
Restorative Justice or Mediation are when those harmed by a crime or conflict have contact with the person responsible to try to find a way forward. This is voluntary and both sides need to agree for the contact to take place. This is not an alternative to a court-imposed sentence.
For more information
Anyone in the UK who has experienced anti-LGBT+ abuse, violence or harassment.
For more information
Galop can provide independent advice, support, and signposting to local organisations. Their helpline is run by LGBT+ people for LGBT+ people, and it is completely confidential. Anyone affected by anti-LGBT+ abuse can talk to the helpline team about abuse, intimidation, threats, harassment, or violence they’ve experienced because of their orientation or gender identity.
It is operated by Galop, the LGBT+ anti-violence charity supporting people facing hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
The LGBT+ Hate Crime Helpline information:
- Call 020 7704 2040
- Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm
- Email HateCrime@galop.org.uk.
Find out more at www.galop.org.uk.
If a victim of anti-LGBT+ requires support outside of Galop’s operating hours, contact Victim Support’s confidential 24/7 Support line on:
- Call 0808 168 9111
- Visit www.victimsupport.org.uk.
- Essex Police – in an emergency always dial 999
- Crimestoppers – give information anonymously
- Victim support – help after crime