Hate related assaults, harassment, intimidation, threats of violence, and verbal abuse are criminal offences and should be reported to the Police immediately. These are hate crimes.
The Council defines a hate incident as any non-crime incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice on the grounds of:
- sexual orientation
- gender reassignment
- any other perceived difference
What you can do to help resolve the issue
When you make your report be prepared and have information to hand on:
- Who is doing it.
- Whether your physical or mental health has been affected.
- When the incident happened (date and time).
- How often the incidents have happened.
Who you need to speak to
If someone is in immediate danger, or you believe a crime is in progress you should call 999 now. You can call Leicestershire Police on 101, the non-emergency Police number. You can also report crime via the Leicestershire Police website.
If you do not feel comfortable talking directly to the Police, you can report it online. You can remain anonymous if you wish.
The organisations and services below offer ways to report the incident without having to talk directly to the Police.
Stop Hate UK Helpline
You can speak confidentially to Stop Hate UK 24 hours a day, seven days a week to report a hate crime or incident:
- Call Stop Hate UK free on 0800 138 1625
- Text ‘Stop Hate UK’ to 07717 989 025
- Report online using the Stop hate UK website
- British Sign Language (BSL) users can report via the interactive BSL link on Stop hate UK website.
Crimestoppers is a national organisation that allows victims or anyone with any information about crime to report it anonymously.
When you’ve reported the issue it to the Police, please report it to us. On your report, please specify the details of the incident, your incident report number, and the name of the Police officer you spoke to.
How we can help
- The Council will investigate (non-crime) incidents of this nature.
- With their consent, victims of hate incidents will be referred for victim support.
- The Council will consider what action is appropriate, and depending on the level of evidence, the nature of the incident, the Council has a range of non-legal and legal tools, ranging from the issuing of advice, through to legal powers to prevent people from engaging in ASB.
The incident will be considered at a meeting attended by a range of agencies, including Leicestershire Police to see what action may be taken to stop the behaviour that is causing the problem.
How to report it to us
Last updated: Mon 17th July, 2023 @ 16:05