A hate crime is any behaviour that someone thinks was caused by hostility, prejudice or hatred of:
- disability – including physical impairments, Mental Health problems, learning disabilities, hearing and visual impairment
- gender identity – includes people who are transgender, transsexual or transvestite
- race – skin colour, nationality, ethnicity or heritage
- religion – faith or belief including people without a religious belief
- sexual orientation – people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or heterosexual
- alternative sub-culture – people who are known as Goth, Emos, Punks & Metallers
There are lots of different types of hate crimes. These could include:
- physical attacks – such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbour disputes and arson
- threat of attack – including offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls or text messages, groups hanging around to intimidate and unfounded, malicious complaints
- verbal abuse or insults – offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, offensive comments and/or name calling, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes and bullying at school or in the workplace
Anyone can be a victim of hate crime
A victim is any person who lives, works or visits the borough of Stockport and is subjected to a hate motivated incident or crime. A victim is also someone who witnesses another person being subjected to a hate motivated incident or crime.
A perpetrator or offender is any person who commits acts of hatred against other people because of their race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, faith or religion, age, gender, sexuality or disability.
Mate crime involves someone befriending a person in order to abuse them. The Friend or Fake booklet is an easy to read booklet about hate crime and mate crime.
Why should you report hate crimes?
If you tell us what is happening, the Police, Stop Hate UK, Stockport Community Safety Partnership and other organisations like charities and housing providers can take action against the perpetrator and support victims and witnesses. When you report hate crimes, you are making a bigger difference than you may think. It not only helps you get support but It also helps us to make your local area safer. Most hate crimes are not reported and your reports help us to understand how hate crime affects your community and then tackle the problem.
How do I report a hate crime?
Does the hate crime put you, your family or your property in immediate danger?
If YES: phone 999 and ask for the police
If NO: contact Stop Hate UK. You can report hate crime. They will provide support, listen and explore all options.
Call them on their 24 hour helpline. All calls will be treated confidentially:
- Phone: 0800 138 1625
- Text: 07717 989 025
- Text Relay: 18001 0113 293 5100
- BSL: www.stophateuk.org/
- Email: email@example.com
- Chat: www.stophateuk.org/talk-to-us
- Online: www.stophateuk.org/tell
- Post: PO Box 851, Leeds, LS1 9QS
You can also find a number of other local agencies on the Stop Hate UK website.
What happens once you report a hate crime?
Your report will be forwarded to Stockport Police Station; there it will be recorded and passed on to a Police Officer in your local area to deal with. The Police Officer will contact you and ask for further details and discuss the options available. If you don’t want any action taken and simply want the matter recorded, that’s no problem. If you want the matter investigated the Police Officer will explain the options that are available dependent on your specific complaint.