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Hate Crime Reporting

A hate crime is any criminal offence committed against a person because of their actual/perceived identity or personal characteristics such as race, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or religion. Victims could also be targeted because of their age, appearance or nationality.

Hate crimes are motivated by hostility and prejudice. They can affect anyone and can have
devastating consequences on individuals, families and entire communities if left unchallenged.
Hate crime manifests in many ways such as: 
  • Harassment
  • Assault Criminal damage
  • Theft or burglary
  • Sexual assault or rape
  • Misogyny
  • Online abuse
  • Threats of violence 
If you have been a victim or witness of hate crime, reporting it is important for a number of reasons:
  • It can stop it from getting worse or happening again
  •  It gives a message that hate crime will not be tolerated
  • It can stop it from happening to other people
  • It helps service providers such as the Police put in place measures that may prevent hate crimes from happening in the future
  • It allows victims to access the appropriate support to deal with the emotional impact of these crimes
There are many ways to report hate crimes. You can choose the option that is best for you.
  • Directly to the police: in case of emergency call 999, otherwise call 101
  • Online with True Vision, which gives you the option to report it anonymously- www.report-it.org.uk
  • Find your local Third Party Reporting Centre in your community and report it there.
  • Call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111
  • Contact Nottinghamshire Victim Care (0800 304 7575) who can provide advocacy and casework support for victims of hate crime 
Remember that you do not have to be a victim of hate crime to report it, witnesses can report it too. There is no such thing as being a neutral observer - by doing nothing you only allow hate crimes to happen again. 
As a part of our 3 year, Big Lottery Funded project Building Stronger Communities we now offer free hate crime focused training for individuals and organisations.

Hate Crime Awareness for your organisation:

Interested in expanding your knowledge about hate crime? We offer half- day hate crime awareness training for groups and individuals. You will get a better understanding of what hate crime is, its impact, how to report it and why it is important to report. After this session you will:
  • Understand hate crimes and their impact on communities and individuals
  • Be aware why it is important to report hate crimes
  • Understanding the role of organisations, communities and individuals in supporting hate crime reporting
  • Have a better knowledge of support services available of victims of hate crime 
This training is for those who are in regular contact with the public and vulnerable people such as outreach workers, counsellors and community workers.

Become a 3rd Party Reporting Centre:

If you are a voluntary or community sector organisation working with people who are likely to become victims of hate crime, our training is for you. Being a reporting centre can help you add that extra layer of help and support to people you work with, especially where victims have concerns or barriers that prevent them going directly to the police.

Additionally to exploring current definitions of hate crime and incidents, monitored strands, and importance of reporting, we will help you become confident in taking hate crime reports and accessing victim support services. Upon completion, you will receive a comprehensive pack and help you to establish the systems required to make the reporting of hate crimes easy and accessible.