Crimes committed against someone because of their disability, gender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation are hate crimes and should be reported.
What is a hate crime or a hate incident?
Hate crimes and hate incidents are crimes or incidents which are perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person's actual or perceived social group or groups, for example:
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Transgender identity
Who can report a hate crime or hate incident?
Anyone can report a hate crime or hate incident; the following types of information (evidence) can be very useful in an investigation:
- A description of the perpetrator(s)
- Details of any witnesses to the incident
- A diary record of any ongoing incidents and previous incidents you have experienced
- Original copies of any hate mail that has been sent to you
- Evidence of damage to property or graffiti etc. It is advisable not to clear these up before reporting the incident if possible.
- If you don't have any evidence, we still encourage you to report a hate crime or hate incident.
How do I report a hate crime or hate incident?
In an emergency call the police on 999.
For non-emergency issues contact the police on the 101 number.
Reporting incidents to Stop Hate UK
Stop Hate UK are a national charity that provides an independent 24 hour reporting service for victims, witnesses and those affected by hate crime and hate incidents in Lincolnshire. Trained operators can provide specialist emotional and practical advice and support, as well as providing onward referrals to Lincolnshire based partner agencies.
24 hour helpline: 0800 138 1625
Visit: www.stophateuk.org for further details.