A hate crime or incident is any offence perceived by the victim or any other person, whether a witness, friend or family member, as being motivated by prejudice or hate. A hate incident becomes a hate crime when the offence breaks the law.
Reasons for the crime can be based on:
- race or perceived race
- religion or perceived religion (or no religion)
- sexuality or perceived sexuality
- transgender or perceived transgender
- disability or perceived disability
- individual characteristics (alternative lifestyles, dress style, physical appearance, culture)
- gender based hostility
If you have witnessed crime or an incident and it is an emergency please call 999.
Why you should report
When speaking out or reporting incidents you do not have to press charges against people. You can simply record that you perceived the incident to have happened.
Control over what will happen lies with you; however, if you do report the incident, your concerns will be dealt with in a way that will ensure your confidentiality.
Report a hate crime
If you would like to report a hate incident or crime you can do one of the following:
- Call 101 to report directly to Northants Police
- Contact Stop Hate UK
- Report a crime or incident to the Police through the True vision website
- Contact your local community safety team
- VOICE by calling 0300 303 1965 or send them an email at [email protected]
- Crimestoppers, anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or online
- Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council - call 01604 400808 or 01604 400809
Last updated 06 October 2022