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.
Reporting hate crime
Hate crime is under-reported as a crime, but if more victims and witnesses report incidents we can prevent other people becoming victims.
Reporting to Thames Valley Police
While incidents across the Thames Valley Police area are low, national research suggests that 80% of hate crime is not reported. If you, a friend, family member, neighbour or work colleague are suffering as a victim of this type of crime, please call 101 and report it to the police as soon as possible
The Police are trained to deal with hate crime in a sensitive and discrete manner, and should not treat you differently due to your race, age, disability, sexuality or religion.
To report a hate crime to Thames Valley Police:
Phone: 101 or 999 in an emergency
To report a hate crime to the Hate Crime Network:
If you would prefer to report a hate crime in confidence via an alternative organisation, please contact the Hate Crime Network.
Phone: 0300 1234 148
Web: Hate Crime Network (external website)
Twitter: @TVhatecrime (external website)
Facebook: Hate Crime Network Facebook page (external website)
You can also report a hate crime anonymously by phoning Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111