If the harassment or threat of harm is severe then you should report it to the police straight away. If you feel for your own safety, report the incident to the police by dialing 999. Call 101 to report a non-urgent incident.
Unfortunately, not everyone we come into contact with shares our views, values and beliefs. Some people take this to the extreme and cause a lot of distress by targeting someone because of their identity. This kind of activity could be classed as a hate crime.
Below is an overview about what a hate crime is and how we deal with it but for more information please contact us to speak with someone in confidence.
You can report a hate crime by clicking here.
What is a hate crime?
A hate crime is a crime that the victim (or someone else) thinks happened because of the victim’s:
- Marriage or civil partnership status
- Pregnancy or maternity status
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation.
Hate crime covers a wide range of activity and can include anything that interferes with your right to live peacefully in your home and the surrounding area. It could take the form of a physical attack, verbal or mental abuse, defacement of property or it could happen online.
What will happen if I make a complaint?
- Your report will be dealt with within 24 working hours
- Offensive graffiti will be removed within 24 working hours
- Non-urgent repairs will be completed within five working days
- An action plan will be put into place within 24 working hours
- Regular contact and communication will be made with you.
Our priority will always be the safety of you and your family members. Find out more about how we support victims and witnesses.
Some of the actions we may take
We will warn the perpetrators in person about their behaviour and ask them to stop immediately. If it does not stop then we will undertake, where appropriate, legal action to remedy the crime as soon as possible.