What is Hate Crime?

The National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) and the Crown Prosecution Service have agreed a common definition of hate crime/incident as:

“Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.”


What is a hate incident?

“Any non-crime incident which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a personal characteristic, specifically actual or perceived race, religion/faith, sexual orientation, disability and transgender identity”

The impact of a hate crime on a victim can be very personal and long lasting.  Across the country it is widely acknowledged by criminal justice agencies that hate crime is under reported by victims. Hate crime levels are on the rise across the country and in Hampshire.

Any crime lowers the quality of life for a victim but a hate crime attacks a person’s core sense of identity and belonging within society. Hate crime victims have higher levels of depression, stress and anger, and for longer than victims of other types of crime. This can leave an individual, families and even communities feeling detached and isolated from society and potentially make them even more vulnerable to being victimised.



The Commissioner’s team have put together a comprehensive guide to hate crime, the law, hate crime reporting and local and national support services.

For a summary of the different types of hate crime as well as further reporting options and websites for advice and information, see our hate crime info card.


How do I report hate crime?

If it’s happening now, or the offender is still nearby, call 999 immediately.

If it’s less urgent, call the police on 101 or use the police online reporting form.

Not all victims are comfortable with reporting their experiences directly to the police. Below are some alternative ways of reporting that allow you to remain anonymous and get confidential advice and support:

Third party reporting centres

True Vision website

Crimestoppers charity: telephone 0800 555 111

The ‘Love Don’t Hate’ hate crime reporting app, which was developed by the Southampton Hate Crime Network, is now available across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It provides easy access to 70 Third Party Reporting Centres no matter where you are, as well as an easy reporting option. The free app can be downloaded from Google Play and the Apple AppStore.



Neighbourhood Crime Maps

Find out what’s happening in your neighbourhood, meet your local policing team and how to contact them. Explore the crime map to see what has happened and the policing outcomes for each crime.

Neighbourhood Watch

Find a Watch scheme in your community, and apply to join or send a message to the scheme coordinator. Neighbourhood Watch provides a way for local people to play an important part in making their communities safer.

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