A crime is an act which breaks the law. A crime becomes a hate crime when it is motivated by hostility or prejudice because your belong to a protected characteristic. This could be your:
Hate crime can be many offences, but is most often a physical attack, name calling or verbal abuse. It could also include:
Discrimination is most typically found in the workplace, though it can also apply to education, housing, shopping, services, and private clubs or associations. Discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy or marital status is against the law.
Discrimination can come in the following forms:
Treating someone with protected characteristic less favourably than others.
Putting rules or arrangements in place that apply to everyone, but that put someone with a protected characteristic at an unfair disadvantage.
Unwanted behaviour linked to a protected characteristic that violates someone's dignity or creates an offensive environment for them.
Treating someone unfairly because they've complained about discrimination or harassment.
You can report hate crime using our online form. We aim to contact you about your submission within 5 working days.
You can also speak to someone in person by calling us on freephone 0800 171 2272.
You should report all hate crime, whether you’re the victim, a witness, or you are making the report for a vulnerable person.
We would also encourage you to report hate crime or discrimination to any organisation relevant to your situation, including (but not limited to):
If you—or someone else—is in immediate danger, always call the police on 999.
BHC&DS offers a support service for victims of hate crime that is free and confidential.
Your caseworker will work with you and on your behalf to get the best outcome for you.