You should report hate crime if you've been a victim yourself, or witnessed a hate crime incident.

A 'hate incident' is defined as such if the victim, or anyone else, thinks the motivation for a person being targeted is because of their:

  • disability
  • race
  • religion
  • sexual orientation
  • gender identity

Examples of hate incidents are:

  • verbal abuse
  • harassment, bullying or intimidation
  • physical attacks
  • hoax calls, abusive telephone or text messages, hate mail
  • online abuse

When 'hate incidents' become criminal offences, they are known as 'hate crimes'. Any criminal offence can be a hate crime if it was carried out because of hostility or prejudice based on a person's disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Examples of hate crimes are:

Report hate crime by telephone

Report hate crime by calling one of the following organisations:

  • the police on 999 in an emergency, or 101 in a non-emergency
  • Supporting Victims on telephone: 01609 643100 (Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 6.00pm)

Report hate crime online

Contact the following organisations online, who also provide support and advice:

Also see

Communities and Equalities Team

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 551832