Hate Crime is the generic term used to discuss both Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents.
Hate crimes are any crimes perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice.
Hate incidents feel like crimes and often escalate to crimes or tensions in a community.
Both are committed because of a person’s actual or perceived:
- Race including ethnicity, nationality or national origin, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.
- Religion or belief including no faith
- Sexual Orientation, including Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual
- Gender identity including transgender, non-binary and gender fluid
- Disability including learning, mental health, physical or sensory disability
Hate Crime can take many forms, including:
- Threat of or actual assault
- Verbal abuse
- Inciting others to commit Hate Crime
- Intimidating behaviour or harassment, including online
- Damage to property, including arson
- Offensive leaflets, posters or graffiti
Report a Hate Crime
There are several options you can use to report Hate Crime – from reporting anonymously to in-person or online.
There are several ways to report 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
- Visit: www.restorativeessex.co.uk