Hate crimes and incidents can happen in many different ways. It can be because of hatred of someone’s race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or because of someone being a disabled person.
Hate crimes and incidents in any form are wrong and this is why it is important that if it happens to you or someone you know – it needs to be reported.
Reporting does make a difference – to you, your friends, and our community. By reporting hate crimes and incidents when they happen, you can stop it happening to someone else. You will also help the Police to understand the level of hate crime and incidents in our local area and improve the way they respond to them.
A hate crime is any crime which is perceived, by the victim or anyone else, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice towards someone because of:
It can be against the individual or their property.
Hate incidents are non-crime incidents, but can feel like a crime to those who suffer them. Just as a hate crime it is an incident which is perceived by the victim or anyone else, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice towards someone, because of:
The Police can only prosecute if the law is broken, but can work with partners in the community and with offenders to try and prevent these types of incidents happening and turning into hate crimes.
Full definitions of hate crimes and incidents are on the True Vision website, which is owned by the Association of Chief Police Officers and gives lots of useful information about hate crimes and incidents.
All hate crimes and incidents should be reported, whether you have been a victim, a witness or you are reporting on behalf of someone else. These incidents may include:
If someone is bullied because of disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity, this is also dealt with either as a hate crime or non-crime hate incident.
You can find some examples of hate crimes on the Stop Hate UK website.
Other examples include:
Everyone has the right to live without fear and harassment, and so it is really important that you do report a hate crime or incident. You can report it in several ways, whether you have been a victim, a witness, or you are reporting on behalf of someone else.
Deaf people can contact the emergency services through SMS text from your mobile phone, if you are registered with the emergencySMS. See the emergency SMS website for details.
You can speak to them in confidence. You don't have to give your personal details, but if the police cannot contact you, this limits the investigation and ability to prosecute.
You can contact the local police:
We know that not everyone wants or is able to contact the police to report hate crimes or incidents, so in Derbyshire you can report them and get initial support and advice through Stop Hate UK.
This is a 24-hour free phone service for victims and witnesses. Stop Hate UK is totally independent of the police and will not pass on callers details without your consent. If a caller wishes though, Stop Hate UK will report the incident to the police for you.
This is a national police campaign aimed at raising awareness of hate crime, specifically in relation to transgender, sexuality, race and religion or belief.
Visit the True Vision website.
You can also get advice, information, and support from a range of local and national organisations.
A voluntary organisation run by and for hearing-impaired people.
For hate crime affecting adults:
For hate crime affecting children:
Contact Derby Careline.
Promotes equality for Deaf People.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans support service.
Support for Derby Homes tenants.
Information and support for refugees and people seeking asylum.
(Drop-in session at the Gallery – Place of Welcome, 35-36 Queen Street, Derby DE1 3DS - Tuesday and Thursday, 10.00am to 4.00pm)
Advocacy, information and support service.
Promotes equality for visually-impaired people.
Advice and information service for disabled people.
Housing advice and support for refugees and asylum seekers.
Provides support and information for anyone affected by crime.
Supports people with learning difficulties, their families, carers and professionals affected by trauma and abuse.