Hate Crime

What is hate crime?

Hate Crime (PDF, 1.32 MB) is a criminal offence. It is defined as subjecting a person to harassment, victimisation, intimidation or abuse because of their:

  • race or ethnicity
  • disability (including mental illness and learning difficulties)
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • gender identity
  • age

Hate crime can take many forms including physical attacks, threats of attack, verbal abuse or insults.
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.

Why should you report hate crime?

Hate crimes and incidents can be confusing and frightening for individuals and can have an impact on entire communities. By reporting hate crime (PDF, 1.15 MB) when they happen to you, you may be able to prevent these incidents from happening to someone else. If offenders are going to be punished, hate crimes must be reported to the police.

How can I report a hate crime or incident?

Whether you have been a victim, a witness, or you are reporting on behalf of someone else, you can report a hate crime or incident by contacting the police on the non-emergency number 101.

Always dial 999 in an emergency

Alternatively, you can find out more about hate crime and how to report it on the True Vision website.

If you do not feel comfortable talking directly to the police, you can report an incident at a third party reporting centre. Stevenage Borough Council is a third party reporting centre and has several officers that are trained to deal with hate crime reports. If you wish to speak to someone about a hate crime or incident, you can contact the council on 01438 242242.

Where can I get support?

Hertfordshire Beacon victim care centre have specially trained staff that are able to offer free practical help and emotional support. If you have been a victim of hate crime, you can speak with a member of the victim service team on 03000 115555 or by visiting the Hertfordshire Beacon website.

Contact details

Community Safety
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House