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
This can be committed against a person or property. 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 Incidents can feel like crimes to those who suffer them and often escalate to crimes or tension in a community.
For this reason the police are concerned about incidents and you can use this site to report non-crime hate incidents.
The police can only prosecute when the law is broken but can work with partners 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.
Reporting makes a difference – to you, your friends, and your life.
How can I report a hate crime?
There are several ways you can report a hate crime, whether you have been a victim, a witness, or you are reporting on behalf of someone else:
1) In an emergency
call 999 .
If you cannot make voice calls, you can now contact the 999 emergency services by SMS text from your mobile phone.
2) Contact the police;
Who you can speak to in confidence. You do not have to give your personal details,
but please be aware the investigation and ability to prosecute the offender(s) is severely limited if the police cannot contact you.
Contact your local police force,either by telephone (dial 101) or by visiting your local police station.
3) Report online
You can report online using the North Yorkshire police web site.
4) Self-reporting form
You can download the self-reporting form and send this to your local police force.
The forms, including an Easy Read version, can be found on the government web site.
5) Third party reporting centres
Local agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, Community Voluntary Services etc.
can also report the incident on your behalf and provide you with advice and support.
The ‘Organisations that can help in York are:
York People First, ECO Business Centre, Amy Johnson Way, York YO30 4AG Tel: 01904 479315
Talkback,24 Swinegate, York YO1 8AZ Tel: 01904 634890
York Race Equality Network (YREN), 20 Falsgrave Crescent, York YO30 7AZ Tel: 01904 642600
City of York Council, Phone: (01904) 551552, 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday
or face to face at City of York Council Customer Centre, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA.
Yorkshire Mesmac, The Workshop, Marygate Lane, York YO30 7BJ Tel: 01904 620400
Stop Hate UK provide confidential and independent Hate Crime reporting services in various areas in the UK including a 24 hour helpline.
If you do not want to talk to the police or fill in the reporting forms,
you can still report a hate crime by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111
or via their website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org (opens in new window).
You do not have to give your name and what you say is confidential. It is free to call.
You can give us as little or as much personal information as you wish.
But please note:With your details… the incident can be investigated fully
and you can get the service you deserve and the support you need.
Without your details… the report will be used for monitoring purposes to get a true vision of what is happening.
What crimes can I report?
All hate crimes and incidents should be reported, whether you have been a victim, a witness or you are reporting on behalf of someone else.
These incidents may include verbal abuse, physical assault, domestic abuse, harassment and damage to property.
If a person is bullied as a result of their disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity, this is also dealt with either as a hate crime or non-crime hate incident.
Bullying could include name-calling, being spat at or kicked, or having your things taken or damaged.