If you've been a victim of hate crime, or witnessed a hate crime, you should report it.

Report hate crime online

Report hate crime through these websites:

Report hate crime by telephone

Report hate crime by calling one of the following organisations:

Other ways to report hate crime

Report hate crime through the following organisations:

Hate incidents

If you believe you have witnessed a 'hate incident', it must be recorded as such by the person you report it to.

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
  • transgender identity
  • sexual orientation

All police forces record hate incidents based on these five personal characteristics.

Examples of hate incidents are:

  • verbal abuse, such as name-calling and offensive jokes
  • harassment
  • bullying or intimidation
  • physical attacks such as: hitting, punching, pushing, spitting
  • threats of violence
  • hoax calls, abusive telephone or text messages, hate mail
  • online abuse, for example on Facebook or Twitter
  • displaying or circulating discriminatory literature or posters
  • harm or damage to possessions such as your home, pet, or vehicle
  • offensive graffiti
  • arson
  • throwing rubbish into a garden
  • malicious complaints, for example over parking, smells or noise

Hate crime

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, transgender identity or sexual orientation.

Examples of hate crimes are:

Download fictional examples of 'hate' incidents and 'hate' crimes.

Get help with hate crimes

If you, or someone you know, is a victim of a 'hate' incident, you can get help, support or advice from one of the following organisations:

  • York Racial Equality Network (YREN) is a charity which aims to promote awareness of the needs of black and minority ethnic (BME) people in the York area. It provides independent, impartial advice and mutual support to people experiencing racial harassment, victimisation, discrimination or isolation
  • Yorkshire MESMAC is a charity running sexual health, support and information projects working with gay and bisexual men in the region; it also provides support for LGBT community groups
  • York People First is a charity and independent self-advocacy group run by people with learning disabilities for people with learning disabilities; they work with North Yorkshire Police to represent the views of people with learning disabilities
  • Citizen's Advice is a free, independent and confidential service open to everyone in the community; they offer advice on a range of issues, including benefits, employment, housing and discrimination. You can also visit York and District Citizen's Advice in person at our Customer Centre
  • Supporting Victims helps victims of crime in North Yorkshire; they provide free and confidential support to victims of crime, whether or not they report it

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