Hate Crimes and Hate Related Incidents
What is a hate incident or hate crime?
A crime or incident committed because of who you are or who someone thinks you are.
A Hate Incident is any incident which the victim, or anyone else, thinks it is based on someone’s prejudice towards them because of their disability, gender identity, race or ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. When hate incidents become criminal offences they are known as hate crimes.
This may include:
- Verbal abuse
- Offensive graffiti
- Threatening behaviour
- Damage to property
- Cyber bullying
- Abusive texts, emails or phone calls
- Taking money from you.
Why is it so important to report a hate crime or hate incident?
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.
What support is there and who can I contact?
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, Victim Support can be pro-actively preventing further hate offences through local and national targeted interventions.
If Victim Support are aware of these issues early, we can get the right support in place at the right time to stop the harm these offenses cause from escalating. So, if you are a victim or a witness, then by reporting to Victim Support you help us to help others.
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.
Call the Police directly by dialling 999 if you are in immediate danger, or 101 for non-emergencies.
Ring 0300 30 31 982 (24/7) to contact Victim Support directly. Calls are treated confidentially and you have the option to remain anonymous.
You can also download a copy of the Hate Crime Confidential Reporting Form here.
Last Modified: 04/11/2016
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