What is hate crime?
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that persons:
- Disability (Targeting someone because of an actual perceived physical disability, learning disability, sensory disability or their mental health)
- Race or ethnicity (Targeting someone because of their skin colour or their actual or perceived ethnicity or nationality)
- Religion or belief (Targeting someone because of their actual or perceived religion, faith or belief)
- Sexual orientation (Targeting someone because they are or are perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or heterosexual)
- Transgender identity (Targeting someone because they are or are perceived to be trans including transgender, transexual or transvestite)
- Subcultures (Targeting someone because of how they act or dress e.g. Emo, Goth and punks)
This can be committed against a person or property.
A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime
Hate crime can have a devastating effect upon the person who suffers it. It also has a serious effect on how safe a community of identity feels and upon how well communities of identity, geography and interest get on with each other - what the Government calls community cohesion
A hate incident is defined as:
Any incident, which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.
A hate crime is defined as:
Any hate incident, which constitutes a criminal offence, perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.
All hate crimes are hate incidents. However some hate incidents may not constitute a criminal offence. The definition of a hate incident includes all forms of crimes, harassment or other
Community Safety Partnership (CSP) is committed to tackling any kind of hate crime or incident that occurs in the district, therefore we are working closely with the local hate crime group, other agencies and Voluntary sector organisations who offer support to victims and also work with schools and colleges in the area to promote tolerance.
Why should I report hate crime?
Hate crimes and incidents hurt; they can be confusing and frightening.
By reporting them when they happen to you, you may be able to prevent these incidents from happening to someone else. You will also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in your local area so they can better respond to it.
Reporting makes a difference - to you, your friends, and your life.
How can I report a hate crime?
1. Contact the Police
- Ring 999 in an emergency.
- Ring 101 for a non-emergency
You can speak to the police in confidence. You do not have to give your personal details, but please be aware the investigation and ability to prosecute the offender(s) is severely limited if the police cannot contact you.
2. Use a Third Party Reporting Centre
If you dont want to speak directly to the police you can report crime at a Third Party Reporting Centre. They can provide you with support and can forward details of the incident to the police. This does not have to include your contact details if you dont wish the police to investigate the incident, but can alert the police to areas where hate crime is a particular issue
3. Where are the reporting centres in Redcar & Cleveland
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council provides Third Party Reporting Centre facilities, you can report a hate crime incident at Redcar & Cleveland House, Seafield House, Belmont House.
- Coast and Country offices provide Third Party Reporting facilities in all of their buildings
- Redcar ROC, Redcar and Cleveland Real Opportunities Centre, Redcar and Shop Mobility, 3-4 Pybus Place)
- Medical Centres (Marske Medical Centre/ Park Avenue Surgery/ Coatham Surgery/ Lagan Surgery)
4. Reporting a Hate Crime
By reporting hate crime you can get the support you may need and help ensure that offenders are brought to justice and cannot to the same to other people. In an emergency you should:
- You can complete the online form to report a Hate Crime alternatively you can ring Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council's (01642) 774774
- If you cannot make voice calls, you can now contact the 999 emergency services by SMS text from your mobile phone. However, you will only be able to use this service if you have registered with emergencySMS first. See the emergencySMS website for details.
You can report hate crimes to the Police in a number of ways. You could call the non-emergency number 01642 326326, visit a police station or report it online
If you have been a victim of a Hate Crime or incident the effects could last for a long time, especially if you have suffered repeatedly even if it has not happened recently and you require support to deal with the experience Victim Support offer a free service that is available to everyone. You can contact Victim Support on 0845 30 30 900 or visit the Victim Support website