'Hate' can cause a range of emotional responses, including fear, anger and shock. People experience mental and physical well-being issues such as problems sleeping, depression, anxiety and paranoia. Hate hurts and no-one should have to tolerate it.
Hate can be any incident or crime, motivated by prejudice or hostility (or perceived to be so) against a person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability. It includes:
- A criminal offence where the law is broken is a hate crime
- An incident that is not criminal offences is a hate incident
What is hate crime?
Hate crime is an incident or crime which is perceived to be motivated by prejudice or hostility (or perceived to be so) against a person’s:
- Race – nationality, ethnicity, skin colour and heritage
- Faith – religion, belief, non-religious belief
- Disability – physical, hearing and visual impairments, mental ill health and learning disabilities
- Sexual orientation - people who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or heterosexual
- Gender identity - people who identify as ‘trans’ including transgender or transsexual people
- Physical assault
- Damage to property
- Offensive graffiti
- Inciting hatred online
We are committed to tackling hate, no matter what form it comes in. We will deal with your report professionally and with consideration to your needs and wishes. No-one should have to live with fear, anxiety and consequences of hate.
Put a stop to it
Here’s Superintendent Sarah Poolman, the hate crime lead, detailing our commitment to tackling the problem.
Even if you are unsure whether what you have experienced or witnessed was a crime, by reporting the incident, it enables us to support the victim, deal with it appropriately, work with our partners to better understand hate crime and ultimately, stop others becoming victims.
Call 101 or in an emergency call 999. You can also report Hate online, click here for the form.
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Alternative agencies to report Hate
As well as the police you can also report hate to other agencies if you prefer. Please bear in mind this information will be passed onto us to investigate.
Crimestoppers – Report anonymously on 0800 555 111. Anonymous reports will be brought to the attention of the police by the centres; however, an investigation may be limited when reports are anonymous.
Further information including links to other organisations and guidance on online reporting can be found at www.report-it.org.uk. This site also holds information which relates to specific groups, safety tips and other support resources.
As well as South Yorkshire Police there are a number of agencies that can support you if you have been a victim of a Hate crime.