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: 

  • race
  • religion
  • sexual orientation
  • disability
  • transgender identity
  • any other perceived difference

Incidents and crimes are recorded against these five categories, as well as including a category for ‘any other perceived difference’ to align with Leicestershire Police’s recording of hate. Detailed below are the differences between hate incidents and crimes:

  • Hate Incident - any non-crime incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice.
  • Hate Crime - any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice.

Types of hate incidents

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have produced a Hate Crime Strategy for tackling hate.

An incident may be physical, verbal or written and can take many forms including:

  • Physical attack: such as physical assault, damage to property
  • Threat of attack: abusive or obscene calls or letters
  • Verbal abuse or insults
  • Offensive leaflets and posters, hate mail, abusive gestures
  • Dumping of rubbish outside homes
  • Harassment, bullying or victimisation

For more detail on how we manage reports please take a look at the ASB Booklet below.

Report a hate incident

You can report a hate incident involving yourself or someone else by contacting: 

Tel: 0116 3058263

Website: https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/community-safety/hate-incidents (click on Hate Incident Report Form)

Alternatively you can speak to a member of the Community Safety Team at the Council Offices on Southfields Road, Loughborough, or visit any of the reporting centres featured on the same webpage as above.

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Interpretation and translation

For information on what support we offer, please visit our interpretation and translation webpage.

Last updated: Tue 23rd November, 2021 @ 16:56