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Hate Crime

What is a hate crime?

A hate crime is any incident, which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by you or another person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.

A hate crime is any crime which is perceived, by the victim or anyone else, to be motivated by hostility and prejudice towards a person because of:

  • Race or ethnic group
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability
  • Transgender identity
  • Religion or ethnic belief

These crimes can be against an individual or their property/belongings.

What is a hate incident?

A hate incident, is any incident which may or may not be a crime, but can feel like a crime to those who suffer them. It is motivated by the same hostility and prejudice as a hate crime

  • Race or ethnic group
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability
  • Transgender identity
  • Religion or ethnic belief

 The police can only prosecute if the law has been broken, however can work with partners in the community and with offenders to try and prevent these types of incidents happening again and turning into a crime.

Ashfield District Council work closely with external partner agencies such as the police, other councils and housing association to tackle hate crime/incidents.

Ashfield District Council is committed to preventing Anti-Social behaviour including hate crime and we need your support to help us highlight what issues affect you.

Remember ANYONE can be a victim of a hate crime.

 Examples of Hate Crimes/Incidents:

  • Physical assault – violence against you such as punching, pinching, spitting, hitting
  • Harm or damage to property/belongings - arson, offensive graffiti, damaging cars, throwing litter on your garden.
  • Threatening attack – Offensive telephone calls, texts, emails or letters, intimidation and untrue malicious complaints.
  • Verbal abuse – direct offensive language, offensive jokes, offensive posters, bullying at school or workplace.
  • Bullying via social media through Facebook or twitter.

Everyone has the right to live without fear or harassment therefore it is important to report any hate crime or incident, whether it is the first occurrence or ongoing. You can report whether you are a victim, a witness or reporting on behalf on someone else.

Help and advice:

In an emergency or if you at immediate risk call 999, or you can contact 101.

  • Crimestoppers – 0800 555 111.
  • Stop Hate UK – 0800 138 1625 or for deaf people text: Relay on 18001 0800 138 1625
  • Victim Support (Ashfield) – 01623 450088
  • Contact Ashfield vulnerability officer - 01623 457402
  • Visit the Council Offices or speak to the Community Protection team - 01623457345

For more information or to report visit http://www.report-it.org.uk/home