Hate Crime

What is Hate Crime?

Hate crime is any criminal offence committed against someone based on the person's characteristic or perceived characteristic including:

  • Disability
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Religion or belief
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity

Hate crimes can include:

  • threatening behaviour
  • assault
  • robbery
  • damage to property
  • inciting others to carry out hate crimes
  • harassment

Reporting Hate Crime

Many victims do not report incidents but endure harassment for a long time. If you feel you have experienced a hate crime you must remember that it is not your fault. You do not have to live with this form of abuse and it is important to report such incidents as soon as possible. 

There are various ways to report hate crime:

  • Thames Valley Police -  please call either 101 for non emergency reporting or 999 in an emergency.
  • Crimestoppers - to report a crime anonymously 0800 555 111

  • True Vision - find advice and report homophobia, transphobia, race, religious or disability hate crime incidents.

  • GALOP - can help if you experience homophobia, transphobia or biphobia wherever it occurs, including at home, in public, at work and online. Phone -  0207 704 2040
  • Victims First - provides free emotional and practical support to all victims and witnesses of crime as well as family members of victims, regardless of whether or not the crime has been reported to the police.
    Phone: 0300 1234 148 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 9am to 5pm and Tuesday and Thursday 9am - 7pm)