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

Report hate crime online

Report hate crime by telephone

  • call 999 in an emergency, or 101 in a non-emergency
  • call one of the Hate Crime Reporting Centres:
    • City of York Council, tel: 01904 551552
    • York People First, tel: 01904 479315
    • York Racial Equality Network, tel: 01904 642600
    • Yorkshire MESMAC, tel: 01904 620400

Other ways to report hate crime

Hate incidents

Something is a 'hate incident' if the victim, or anyone else, thinks the motivation for a person being targeted with hostility or prejudice is based on:

  • disability
  • race
  • religion
  • transgender identity
  • sexual orientation

If you believe something is a 'hate incident' it must be recorded as such, by the person you're reporting it to. All police forces record hate incidents based on these five personal characteristics.

Examples of hate incidents are:

  • verbal abuse like name-calling and offensive jokes
  • harassment
  • bullying or intimidation by children, adults, neighbours or strangers
  • 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 things such as your home, pet, or vehicle
  • 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 disability, race, religion, transgender identity or sexual orientation. Examples of hate crimes are:

  • assaults
  • criminal damage
  • harassment
  • murder
  • sexual assault
  • theft
  • fraud
  • burglary
  • hate mail (Malicious Communications Act 1988)
  • causing harassment, alarm or distress (Public Order Act 1988)

Download fictional examples to demonstrate what a 'hate incident' is, and what a 'hate crime' is.

Get help with hate crimes

If you, or someone you know, are victims of a hate incident get help, support or advice to deal with it from ourselves or one of the following organisations:

  • York Racial Equality Network (YREN) is a voluntary organisation and charity which aims to promote awareness of the needs of black and minority ethnic people in the York area. It provides independent, impartial information and mutual support to people experiencing racial harassment, victimisation, discrimination or isolation. Contact tel: 01904 642600, 9.00am to 2.30pm, Monday to Friday (answerphone at other times), or email: info@yren.co.uk
  • Yorkshire MESMAC is a non-statutory organisation and charity, which consists of a group of sexual health, support and information projects working with gay and bisexual men in the region. It provides support for existing and new LGB&T community groups. Tel: 01904 620400
  • York People First is a charity and independent self-advocacy group. It is run by people with learning disabilities for people with learning disabilities. They are part of the independent advisory group for York and Selby working with North Yorkshire Police representing the views of people with learning disabilities. They supported North Yorkshire Police in producing an easy read Hate Crime Policy. Tel: 01904 479315, or email: yorkpeoplefirst@talktalkbusiness.net or visit York ECO Business Centre, Amy Johnson Way, Clifton Moor, York, YO30 4AG
  • The Citizen Advice Bureau service is free, independent, confidential and impartial. It is open to everyone in the community. Their advice helps people resolve their problems with debt, benefits, employment, housing, discrimination, and many more issues. Tel: 08444 111444 or visit the York and District Citizen's Advice Bureau in person at West Offices, Station Rise, York
  • Supporting Victims helps people in North Yorkshire affected by crime. The organisation provides free and confidential support to help victims deal with their experience, whether or not they report a crime. Call tel: 01904 669 276, or email: help@supportingvictims.org

Embracing Diversity hate crime strategy

'Embracing Diversity' is a multi-agency hate crime strategy for 2013 to 2016 which was approved by Cabinet in April 2013. It sets out how City of York Council, Safer York Partnership and other partners can work together to address hate crime from different angles:

  • prevention
  • early intervention
  • enforcement
  • support for victims and perpetrators


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