A hate crime or incident is any incident, which may or may not be a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by hate or prejudice.

Hate or prejudice can be based on a number of factors, including:

  • Disability (including learning disabilities)
  • Race/ ethnicity
  • Religion or belief (including no belief)
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity.

Hate Crime can take many forms including:

  • Verbal abuse or insults, offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes and bullying in school or the workplace.
  • Threat of attack – including offensive letters, abusive obscene telephone calls and offensive comments on social networking websites.
  • Physical attack – such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbour disputes or arson.
  • ‘mate crime’ – when somebody befriends a vulnerable person to take advantage of that vulnerability.

Take a look at this Merseyside Love Not Hate campaign video to find out more:

How can I protect myself?

Hate crimes may start out as smaller incidents that escalate into more serious offences. That's why it is important to report any incidents of hate as soon as possible. It's also important when a reporting an incident to mention that you believe it was motivated because of race, religion, disability transgender identity or sexual orientation as it will then be recorded as a hate incident.

It may help to keep a record of any incidents that you think are connected, no matter how small. This log should include what took place and the time, date and location of when it happened.

If you don't feel comfortable making a report, speak to a relative, friend or trusted community member who can help you or accompany you to a police station. You can also visit one of Merseyside's Third Party Reporting Centres where you can get help to report an incident (please find more information below).

Where can I go for help or further information?

Reporting hate crime

By phone:

  • Call 101, or in an emergency dial 999.
  • For practical advice and support call 101 and ask to speak to your local hate crime team.
  • Call Stop Hate UK in confidence and anonymously on 0800 138 1625.
  • Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

In person:

  • Visit your local police station.
  • Visit a third party reporting centre. You can find these anywhere you see the 'red hand' logo. These are safe and secure environments where you will be helped to report a hate crime. A full list of third party reporting centres can be found here.
  • You can also contact your registered social housing provider.

Report online:

Further information

The following organisations provide support and help to victims of hate crime on Merseyside:

Find support in my area

In an emergency call

999

In a non emergency call

101

Call Crimestoppers on

0800 555 111

Contact Stop Hate UK

0800 138 1625

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