Hate crime

Guidance on what hate crime is, and how to report it in H&F.

Pop-up stand in Westfield promoting national hate crime awareness week

How do I report a hate crime?

Crimes committed against someone because of their disability, gender or gender identity, race, religion, belief or sexual orientation are hate crimes and should be report to the police. 

In an emergency dial 999.

H&F Council

After reports are made to H&F Council, we will get in touch with you to make an action and support plan with the council and/or other agencies as necessary. 

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.



  • To report anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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.

How can I support those affected by hate crime?

You can read and share our supporting victims of hate crime leaflet (pdf 3MB).

What is the 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. 

How can I 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.

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