Hate crime

Report hate crime

In an emergency dial 999.

If it's not an emergency:

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.

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.

LGBTQ

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

Children

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
Switchboard - LGBT help
LBGT+ helpline, part of Switchboard - 0300 330 0630

HIV and Aids
Terrence Higgins Trust, a charity offering support to gay men experiencing domestic violence
www.tht.org.uk

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

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