Frequently asked questions about Hate Crime

How can I report hate crime?

If it is an emergency you can call the Police on 999. If it is not urgent, you can call the Police on 101 or report online here.

If you do not want to report directly to the Police, there are various other places you can report online such as:

True Vision


You can also report if you are a witness or on behalf of someone else. 

You can also use the Self Evident app to report directly to police after experiencing a hate crime yourself or as a witness. You can also the app to find help and support following a hate crime. Download it for iPhone and Android

I am a victim of hate crime. What support can I get?

Many victims feel unwilling or unable to tell anyone what is happening to them and as a result suffer in silence.  They may live in fear or accept what is happening to them as part of everyday life. 

Individual reactions to hate crime differ depending on your culture, age, gender and life experiences. 

Hate crime can affect mental or physical health, as well as a loss of personal freedom or feelings of safety.  You can get practical and emotional support to help with these feelings from many of the services listed on this website.

What is hate crime?

Hate crime is when a person is targeted because of who they are or who the perpetrator thinks they are.  Hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person's actual or perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity.

Why should I report hate crime?

Hate crime is a serious offence, and can often be targeted against the most vulnerable people. Survivors of hate crime are also more likely to experience repeat victimisation.  Reporting the crime can help stop it happening to you and to others.

You can find out about how to report here.