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Zero tolerance of hate crime

Zero tolerance of hate crime

We are committed to ensuring that we deal with hate crime swiftly, with zero tolerance. If you feel you are experiencing hate crime, see our online ASB Toolbox

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What is hate crime?

A hate crime is any behaviour that someone thinks was caused by hostility, prejudice or hatred of their:

  • disability, including physical impairments, mental health problems, learning disabilities, hearing and visual impairments
  • gender identity (people who are transgender, transsexual or transvestite)
  • race, skin colour, nationality, ethnicity or heritage
  • religion, faith or belief, including people without a religious belief
  • sexual orientation (people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or heterosexual etc.)
  • lifestyle and dress, such as an alternative sub-culture

Anyone can be a victim of hate crime if they are targeted because of who they are, their friends or family or even who the perpetrator thinks they are.

Hate crime can include:

  • name calling or verbal abuse
  • graffiti or abusive writing
  • damage to property
  • threats or intimidation
  • bullying or harassment
  • physical attacks or violence, including sexual violence, arson and murder.

Why should I report hate crime?

By reporting hate crime, you can get the support you may need and help ensure offenders are brought to justice and can’t do the same to other people. By reporting incidents, you’ll enable organisations like the police, local councils and housing associations to build up patterns of behaviour locally and highlight areas of concern within your community.

By reporting what’s happened to you, you may also prevent these incidents from happening to someone else.

What can I do if I’ve been a victim or witness of hate crime?

  • Report it to the police – hate crime is a criminal offence
  • In an emergency please call 999
  • In some areas you can also report hate crime online via Stop Hate UK
  • If you don’t want to talk to the police or fill in the reporting forms, you can report a hate crime by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Martin Jackson, Anti-social Behaviour Manager, said: “Once it has been reported to the police and other agencies above, please also contact us or complete the online reporting form on our website here

"We will decide whether action can be taken by us. You can also use our online ASB Toolbox to work out what is anti-social behaviour, and what steps you need to take. We will not tolerate any forms of hate crime and will take action.”

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