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Hate: Never tolerate it. Always report it.
What is hate crime?
A hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by an offender’s hostility or prejudice towards someone because of their:
Race or perceived race (including nationality, national origin, ethnic origin, race and colour)
- Religion or perceived religion
- Sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation
- Disability or perceived disability
- Gender identity or perceived gender identity
- Individual characteristics that makes someone appear different e.g. alternative lifestyle, culture, physical appearance and style of dress
The difference between a hate crime and a hate incident
A hate incident is an act that falls short of being a criminal act and is therefore not a criminal offence, but is still perceived by the victim to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on any of the same characteristics.
All hate incidents should be reported to the police; they will be logged and receive a police response.
What type of incident can be a hate incident?
- Verbal abuse such as name calling or offensive jokes
- Bullying or intimidation
- Hoax calls, offensive phone or text messages
- Online abuse for example on social media
- Throwing rubbish in a garden
Depending on the circumstances of the incident, some of these may be a criminal offence and logged as a hate crime. They should all be reported and will receive a police response.
Examples of hate crime
When a hate incident is a criminal offence, it is logged as a hate crime. All types of crime can be a hate crime. Examples include:
- Criminal damage
- Hate mail
What response can you expect from the police?
All reports of hate crime will receive a police response. They may not be able to respond immediately, but they will act on all reports. Visit their website for more information.
How do I report a hate crime?
You can report a crime in confidence in any of the following ways:
- For non-emergencies call 101
- In an emergency call 999
- Report online to True Vision
- Call in at a police station or stop a police officer in the street
- Contact Victim Support on 01926 682 693
- Visit www.reporthatenow.com
Victims of anti-Muslim hate can also report online to Tell MAMA or by calling them on 0800 456 1226. Tell MAMA supports victims of anti-Muslim hate and is a public service which also measures and monitors anti-Muslim incidents. It is not a replacement for the Police Service. In an emergency, please call 999.
Report Hate Now
For more information about hate crime and advice about reporting, please visit www.reporthatenow.com. This is a Warwickshire-based website offering residents another reporting route and more information about local support services.
Warwickshire Hate Crime Action Plan 2017-18
Public and third sector partners across Warwickshire have developed a partnership action plan to prevent hate crime in the county, increase reporting and improve the response and support available for victims.The action plan is delivered by the multi-agency County Hate Crime Group which reports to the Safer Warwickshire Partnership Board.
Latest Hate Crime posts
- Want to know more about #HateCrime? Free training is now available for #Warwickshire Professionals & Community Members #WarksHC January 10, 2018 5:58 pm
- The mother of a murdered 14-year-old boy, Breck Bednar, is working with police on a film about how her son was groomed online. December 12, 2017 12:29 pm
- The ‘Lets Talk About It’ (LTAI) website has been re-launched with a more up to date feel to help local communities in the challenge to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism, #prevent December 1, 2017 1:30 pm
- Former far right activist tells how the #Prevent programme helped him leave his extreme views behind November 9, 2017 5:17 pm
- Home Office publish the latest national #Prevent Channel statistics November 9, 2017 4:19 pm
- Young Offenders’ Crimes Links ‘Directly’ To Social Media Use October 26, 2017 7:20 am