Hate hurts. Report it and put a stop to it.

'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
 
It can include things like:
  • Physical assault
  • Damage to property
  • Offensive graffiti
  • Arson
  • Inciting hatred online
 
What is a hate incident?
 
The Police can only prosecute when the law is broken, but we also want to know about non-crime hate incidents. These incidents may not be criminal offences but often can feel like a crime to those affected, and can sometimes escalate to crimes, therefore, we work with partners to try and prevent this from happening. Non-crime hate incidents include things such as offensive or insulting comments, online, in person or in writing. 

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.

For more information about hate read our leaflet here.

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.

Report it                                          

Call 101 or in an emergency call 999.  You can also report Hate online, click here for the form.

Click here for more ways to contact us

 

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.

True Vision

Reporting centres in Rotherham

Reporting centres in Sheffield 

Reporting centres in Barnsley

Reporting centres in Doncaster

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.

Support Agencies

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. 

 

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