The definition of a hate crime is any incident, which constitutes a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate.
A Hate Crime is a criminal offence and should be reported to the police. Anyone can be the victim of a Hate Crime which is a crime committed against someone because of their disability, trans/gender-identity, race - including ethnicity and nationality, religion or belief, or sexual orientation or alternative subculture.
Hate crime can take many forms including;
- threatening behaviour
- damage to property
- inciting others to commit hate crime
There is important information on how to deal with Mate Crime from the Lincolnshire Learning Disability Partnership Board. If you know someone who is being abused in ways like this, please report it for them.
Reporting a Hate Crime
If you are, or know of someone who is, been/being subjected to Hate Crime, please contact the Police on 101. If it's an emergency call the Police on 999.
We know that sometimes it's not easy to decide to come forward. But we also know that if no one reports a crime, it's as if it never happened. Stop Hate UK is a charity that provides independent and confidential support to people affected by Hate Crime. You can also telephone them on the 24 hour helpline on 0800 138 1625.
What you can do
If you are experiencing problems with anti-social behaviour, or have any concerns about it, or other community safety issues, please do not hesitate to contact the Police.
Feel free to use the diary sheet below to record your incident and then, please contact us. You may find the guidance leaflet useful or you could visit the Incident Diary page for more information.
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