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Definition: Any criminal offence which is perceived by a person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s actual or perceived characteristic; for example their disability, transgender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.


Actions to consider

  • Call 999 if you’re reporting a crime that’s in progress or if someone is in immediate danger. If the crime isn’t an emergency, call 101.
  • Third party reporting centres: Local agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau can also report the incident on your behalf and provide you with advice and support.
  • Stop Hate UK provide confidential and independent Hate Crime reporting services in various areas in the UK including a 24 hour helpline.
  • If you do not want to talk to the Police or fill in the reporting forms, you can still report a hate crime by calling CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website at
  • Make a log of all incidents with dates and times of offences.
  • Speak to someone. Whether you are a victim of Hate Crime, you have witnessed an incident you believe to be a Hate Crime or you are a third party to an incident that could be a Hate Crime, Victim First are here when you want to talk.
  • Visit Leicestershire Police for first-hand knowledge, industry best practices and practical crime prevention advice from officers and specialist teams all across the police.


Victim First Can Provide:

  • Emotional Support to cope and recover from the crime
  • Information on other agencies
  • Advice on Crime Prevention
  • Practical support such as a personal alarm or window/door alarm
  • Restorative contact between victim and offender
  • Support using Language interpreters and British Sign Language interpreters


More information

Information about types of crime