What is hate crime?
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:
- Race or ethnicity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Transgender identity
A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime. Hate crimes can include things like name calling and verbal abuse, bullying and harassment, spitting and physical attacks, damage to property, graffiti, and written notes, emails and text messages.
Hate Incidents can feel like crimes to those who suffer them and often escalate to crimes or tension in a community. The police can only prosecute when the law is broken but can work with partners like Arawak Walton to try and prevent any escalation in seriousness.
Why should I report hate crime?
Hate crimes and incidents hurt; they can be confusing and frightening. By reporting them when they happen to you, you may be able to prevent these incidents from happening to someone else. You will also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in your local area so they can better respond to it.
How can I report a hate crime or hate incident?
There are several ways to report hate crime, whether you have been a victim, a witness or you are reporting on behalf of someone else.
- Contact the police – either in person or by telephone (always dial 999 in an emergency)
- Report online or download a form – www.report-it.org.uk
- Contact Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555111
- Report it to Arawak Walton – a third party reporting centre.
Reporting hate crime to Arawak Walton
Our office is an approved hate crime reporting centre. This means you can speak to us instead of the police. Copies of any reports will then be sent to the police hate crime reporting centre. If you contact us to let us know you are a victim or have witnessed a hate crime, we promise to get back in touch with you within 24 hours, or by the next working day.
Call us on 0161 272 6094, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our office where you can speak with us in complete confidence. If you prefer, you can use the computer in our reception areas to make your report.
We also offer:
- Same gender interviews – you can be interviewed by someone of the same gender as you, if you would prefer. We can meet at your home, at one of our offices or another location convenient to you.
- Multi-agency approach – if you are happy for us to do so, we can involve other agencies such as the Independent Domestic Violence Advisory Service, support agencies and the police.
- Extra security – where suitable, we can help you to remain in your home and feel safer by adding security measures to your property to meet your needs. This may include measures such as extra locks on windows and doors, security lighting, or anti-arson letterboxes. If you or someone you know has been a victim of hate crime, please call us on 0161 272 6094.
Reporting makes a difference - to you, your friends, and your life.