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Hate crime

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

  • disability (including physical, hearing and visual impairments, mental health problems and learning disabilities)
  • 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)

Hate crimes include things like:

  • name calling and verbal abuse
  • bullying, threats, intimidation and harassment
  • spitting, hitting, kicking, physical attacks, violence and murder
  • damage to your property (e.g. to your home or car). The damage could be permanent or temporary. It could include setting fire to things (arson)
  • graffiti and writing (e.g. notes, emails, text messages, comments on websites)

Thames Valley Police defines a hate incident as "any incident which is perceived to be a hate incident by the victim or any other person". Anyone can be a victim of hate crime.

Report a hate crime

It is important that all hate crimes are reported, Reports help us support victims and witnesses, and make sure action is taken against perpetrators. Anyone can be the victim of a hate crime.

For help and advice or to report a crime, phone the police:

  • emergencies: 999
  • non-emergencies: 101

Reporting hate crime to Victim Support

From 1 January 2014, Victim Support will be a third party reporting centre for victims of hate crime within Buckinghamshire through the Victim Care Unit. They will offer emotional support, information and practical help to victims of crime whether or not the crime has been reported to the police or a third agency.

Hate crimes and incidents can be reported and telephone support received via the Victim Care Unit Monday to Friday between 8am and 8pm, and on Saturday between 9am and 5pm. Out of these hours callers can leave a messages on the 24 hour answer phone, which will be dealt with on the next available working day after the call was made.

Victims of hate crime or incidents can report using the support line on 0845 38 99 528

or email shorehamvcu@victimsupport.org.uk

For support and information on hate crime please visit:

http://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-for-victims/different-types-of-crime/hate-crime

You can also report a hate crime anonymously by phoning Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111

See below for useful information on the support available if you have been the victim of a hate crime.

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