What is Hate Crime?

The National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) and the Crown Prosecution Service have agreed a common definition of hate crime/incident as:

“Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.”

What is a hate incident?

“Any non-crime incident which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a personal characteristic, specifically actual or perceived race, religion/faith, sexual orientation, disability and transgender identity”

The impact of a hate crime on a victim can be very personal and long lasting.  Across the country it is widely acknowledged by criminal justice agencies that hate crime is under reported by victims. Hate crime levels are on the rise across the country and in Hampshire.

Any crime lowers the quality of life for a victim but a hate crime attacks a person’s core sense of identity and belonging within society. Hate crime victims have higher levels of depression, stress and anger, and for longer than victims of other types of crime. This can leave an individual, families and even communities feeling detached and isolated from society and potentially make them even more vulnerable to being victimised.

How do I report hate crime?

If it’s happening now, or the offender is still nearby, call 999 immediately.

If it’s less urgent, call the police on 101 or use the police online reporting form. or fill in our online report form.

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    Why report hate crime?

    It’s not OK to be targeted because of who you, your family or your friends are – or who people think they are. You have the right to live your life free from abuse and violence. If you’ve been the victim of a hate crime remember it is not your fault and help is available.

    By reporting hate crime you may be able to prevent this from happening again to you or someone else. Our officers and staff are trained to deal with hate crime sensitively and professionally.

    Remember, you don’t have to be the victim of hate crime to report it. You can report anything you’ve seen happening to someone else, or report it on their behalf if they don’t want to.

    Call 101

    Our national, non-emergency telephone number is staffed 24/7. Call us on 101 to report a hate crime or to get support or advice. If you’re deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service on 18001 101.

    Help us spread the word

    Please download the posters below and share to your social media network and channel to help us spread awareness. Together we stand together against hate crime.


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