If you have been harassed, abused or assaulted because of who you are or what you believe in, then you are a victim of hate crime.
Don't ignore it - report it!
We encourage victims and witnesses to report hate crimes and hate incidents. All reports will be taken seriously and treated sensitively.
We investigate crimes in an attempt to bring offenders to justice. Offenders can face a longer sentence if convicted of a crime that is proven to be hate-related.
Victims will receive support and advice from one of our dedicated and specially trained hate crime officers.
Reporting hate crime means we can better understand and respond to problems within our community. In the long term there will hopefully be fewer hate crimes and fewer victims as a result.
Hate crime can be reported via the non-emergency number 101. In an emergency, where there is an immediate threat to life or property, always dial 999.
If you do not feel comfortable talking directly to the police, you can report an incident at a third party reporting centre.
If you would prefer to report a hate crime or incident online, then you can through the True Vision website.
True Vision also has lots of useful information including personal safety information and links to organisations that can offer support and advice.
Hate crime officers
We have a dedicated hate crime officers, who can offer victims help, support and advice. They can meet victims in a place they feel comfortable and safe, and will explain options available to them.
They can also be there for a victim if a statement needs to taken and if the case goes to court. If necessary, steps can be taken to help victims follow what's going on during court hearings. Victims can be confident that they will be treated with respect and in confidence.