How do I report a hate crime?
In an emergency dial 999.
If it's not an emergency:
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.
- Report hate crime to Stop Hate UK
- Stop Hate UK – 24 hour helpline on 0800 138 1625
- Report hate crime to the Met Police online
- Contact your local police station by calling 101
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
- gender or gender identity
- sexual orientation
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?
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.
What is 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.
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. If you have a housing officer you can also discuss where to go for help with them. Information and support on domestic abuse.
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. Report any racial harassment to the police as well as the anti-social behaviour unit as soon as possible. Every effort possible will be taken to take action against perpetrators and to help victims and witnesses. The incident will be recorded as a racist incident, as long as you inform the person you are reporting to that this is your belief. We and the police will record an incident as a racist one if the incident is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person. Once you have made a report, you will be informed of the options that will allow the report to be progressed, and then the decision will be yours as to what action you wish to proceed with. No action will be taken without your consent.
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 anti-social behaviour unit.
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
- CATCH - communities against hate
- Support Line
- Womens Aid
- Rape Crisis
- Refuge Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline - 0808 2000 247
- Samaritans: phone 116 123
- Vicitm Support
Black minority service
- Refugee Council
- Southall Black Sisters
DV, relationship problems and Immigration, relationships, forced marriage
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
- Terrence Higgins Trust, a charity offering support to gay men experiencing domestic violence
The True Vision website gives more information about reporting hate crime.