Hate Crime

Report a hate crime

Report a hate crime online If you are a victim or witness a hate crime incident, in an emergency dial 999, go to a police station or call Essex Police on the non emergency number 101.

What is a hate crime?

Hate crime is any criminal offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by an offender's hatred of someone because of their:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Trans/gender
  • Race, colour, ethnic origin, or nationality
  • Religion or belief
  • Sexual orientation
  • Vulnerable adults

Hate crimes can be particularly severe because they target identity.  Victims can't change or hide their identity and they shouldn't be expected to.

Some examples of hate crime

  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Arson
  • Bullying & cyber-bullying 
  • Harassment, intimidation, malicious gossip 
  • Property damage
  • Rape

Why do hate crimes happen?

Some people do not realise that they cause harm and distress to others by their actions, some carry out hate crimes because their friends tell them to, or the people around them think its a good idea.  Some do it because they are scared of people they think are different to them and it can also occur due to a failure to challenge behaviour in an earlier instance.

Honour Based Violence

These are murders in which victims, predominantly women are killed for perceived immoral behaviour which is deemed to have breached the honour code of a family or community, causing shame.

How we tackle hate crime?

We work in partnership with Essex Police, Victim Support and other statutory and voluntary sector groups to prevent and reduce hate crime.  Specialist hate crime support to victims is available through Victim Support Essex on 0845 4565 995.

If you experience Hate Crime:

  • As soon as you can, go somewhere you know is safe and get help.
  • In an emergence call 999.  otherwise call the police on 101.
  • Tell the police what has happened and why you think it is a hate crime.
  • If you do not have the confidence to talk to the police there are details of Hate Incident Reporting Centres (HIRC's) here or you can report on line at www.report-it.org.uk  or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.