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Reporting Hate Crime


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A hate incident ot hate crime is an offence committed because of who you are or who someone thinks you are. Quite simply, if due to your age, disability, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, gender (including gender identity) or lifestyle choice (e.g. Goth), someone or a group of people targets you, commit a crime against you, bullies you or harasses you, then this is a hate crime or hate incident.
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It may include:

  • Verbal abuse
  • Offensive graffiti
  • Threatening behaviour
  • Damage to property
  • Assault
  • Cyber bullying
  • Abusive texts, emails or phone calls
  • Taking money from you

Why is it important to report a hate incident or crime

Hate incidents and hate crimes are under-reported. We need to understand the problem so that the right decisions can be made to stop you or a member of your family and friends from becoming the next victim.

Without knowing that these issues are taking place we can't stop them happening to you or someone else. Reporting these issues helps us and other organisations track the extent of the problem in your local area and do the right things to make your community safer, a better place to live and make sure the right support is available. The right support means we can stop victims feeling isolated, depressed, frightened, distressed or even worse taking their own life.

Support and assistance

Victim support has been funded by the Welsh Government to increase the reporting of hate crimes and hate incidents across Wales and to offer support to victims of these offences. Working with other organisations such as the Police and Victim Support can proactively prevent further hate offences through local and national targeted interventions.

Support is tailored to the needs of each victim which may include emotional support, practical support or advocacy. We can also provide you with assistance in reporting a crime to the Police and in attending court, but there is no pressure to do this. Even if you do not need support yourself, it is still important for us to know what offences are taking place and where.

Who to contact:

  • Call the Police directly by dialling 999 if you are in immediate danger, or 101 for non-emergencies
  • Ring 08456 121 900 (24/) to contact Victim Support directly. Calls are treated confidentially and you have the option to remain anonymous
  • Online at www.reporthate.victimsupport.org.uk

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