Hate crime

Report hate crime

In an emergency dial 999.

If it's not an emergency:

H&F Council

Stop Hate UK

Stop Hate UK provide an alternative for people who don't want to report hate crime to the council or police. Access independent support and information, 24 hours a day, every day of the year including an LGB&T helpline. Witnesses of incidents can also report and receive support via the helpline.


What is hate crime?

Hate crime is any criminal offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by an offender’s hatred of someone because of their:

  • race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origins
  • religion
  • gender or gender identity
  • sexual orientation
  • disability.

The Home Office defines hate crime as ‘any incident, which constitutes a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate.’

Hate crime can take many forms including:

  • physical attacks – such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbour disputes and arson
  • threat of attack – including offensive letters, abusive or obscene phone calls, groups hanging around to intimidate and unfounded, malicious complaints
  • verbal abuse or insults – offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes, and bullying at school or in the workplace.

Anti-hate crime strategy

Read our anti-hate crime strategy 2019-2023 (pdf 6MB)

The strategy highlights our work on improving support for victims of hate, raising awareness of how to report hate crimes, and working with residents and professionals to build understandings of hate incidents and crime. 

Help us stand against hate crime

We don’t tolerate hate crime in Hammersmith & Fulham and we know that you don’t either.

You can sign our pledge to show you will stand against prejudice and support victims.

National hate crime awareness week

H&F Council's community safety unit working on the national hate crime awareness week pop-up stand
Pop-up stand promoting national hate crime awareness week

As part of this year’s national hate crime awareness week, we delivered a variety of activities including pop-up awareness stands with the Police and local partners.

Our community safety unit delivered hate crime awareness training for staff and community partners, whilst visiting community groups most at risk of hate crime. During the week we launched our first anti-hate crime strategy which details how the council will tackle hate crime in Hammersmith & Fulham.

Further information

Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment may involve physical assault, verbal abuse or threats, damage to property or continual and unwanted sexual advances. It may come from someone you know, a partner or ex-partner, or from a stranger. Report any case of sexual harassment to the police for further advice. You can also discuss where to go for help with your housing officer.

Racial harassment

Racial harassment is hostility towards people because of their colour or ethnic origin. It includes all manner of things such as physical assault, verbal abuse and name calling, threats, damage to property, racist graffiti, racist letters or posters. Don't confuse racial harassment with quarrels with neighbours. Report any racial harassment to the police as well as the ASBU as soon as possible. Every effort possible will be taken to take action against perpetrators and to help victims and witnesses.

Harassment because of religious belief

Our borough is made up of many cultures and faiths. All residents and visitors should feel free to follow the faith they choose without being harassed. Any infringement upon these rights by others should be reported to the police. You can also report it to the ASBU.

Harassment of the physically or mentally disabled

People who are disabled have every right to be treated in exactly the same way as all other residents. Many of these people are classed as 'vulnerable' in housing law and we have a legal responsibility to protect their interests. You can discuss any concerns with your housing officer.


Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans and Questioning individuals have the same rights to live freely from harassment as other residents, and any form of harassment on the basis of their sexuality (or preceived sexuality) will be treated robustly.

Useful contacts and services

Advice, support and counselling services

Black minority service

Metropolitan police advice on hate crime


Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender

  • Switchboard - LGBT help
    LBGT+ helpline, part of Switchboard – 0300 330 0630
  • Galop - provides hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence support services to LGBT+ victims or survivors online, by telephone, email, text and WhatsApp

HIV and Aids

The True Vision website gives more information about reporting hate crime.

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