What is a Hate Crime / Incident ?
No one should have to tolerate hate and reporting makes a difference. If we don't know about it we can't change it. In partnership with other agencies, Harborough District Council is committed to creating an inclusive district and believes that everyone who lives, works or visits the district has the right to be treated with dignity and respect and to live without fear of hatred.
What is a Hate Crime?
The Home Office defines 'Hate Crime' as:
"Any incident, which constitutes a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate."
Last year, the police recorded 50,000 such incidents nationally, but according to the National Crime Survey, a further 210,000 went unreported. Reporting a 'hate crime' can seem difficult and embarrassing, but remember, such a crime is just as much a violation of your rights as many others, and not reporting it can leave the criminal to commit more crime, and damage more communities and individuals.
Reporting an incident of hate crime in any capacity is important, and there is a large array of support groups and organisations that specialise in helping sufferers of hate crime. If you do not feel confident in going directly to the police, groups such as 'Victim Support'', 'Crimestoppers', 'Respect' and 'True Vision' are particularly good in this area, and place no pressure on a person to report the incident more formally.
Remember, if you suffer an incident of hate crime, you are not alone, and you have the right to live your life free from abuse and violence.
What is a Hate Incident?
'A hate incident is any incident where you or someone else has been targeted because they or you are believed to be different or any incident you believe was motivated by age, disability, gender identity, race, religion/belief or sexual orientation'.
An incident may take many forms - it may be physical, verbal or written.
Who can report an incident?
You may report an incident whether you are a victim, witness or third party who has become aware of an incident.
Why is it important to report hate incidents?
If we don't know about it we can't change it! Reporting makes a difference and ensures that this kind of behaviour is monitored and addressed.
Still not sure if what you have experienced is Hate?
Watch the following video for more information