Hate crime

A hate crime is defined as any incident which constitutes a criminal offence, perceived by the victim or anyone else as being motivated by prejudice or hate.

Always call 999 in an emergency.

What is a hate crime?

Hate crime can take many forms such as physical abuse, verbal abuse, emotional and psychological abuse, sexual abuse and financial abuse.

It can range from non-verbal intimidation to physical violence. Whichever form the abuse may take, it is important that you tell someone.

How is it dealt with in Suffolk?

In Suffolk we take any forms of hate crime and hate incidents seriously, no matter how insignificant you may feel it is at the time. Hate crime in any form is wrong, so it's important that if hate crime happens to you or someone you know, that you report it.

It is important that you tell someone when you have experienced a hate incident or hate crime even if you do not wish to be contacted by anyone.

How do I report it?

Reporting makes a difference to you, your friends, and your community. By reporting hate crime when it happens, you can help stop it happening to someone else.

You will also help agencies in Suffolk to better understand the level of hate crime in your local area, and improve the way they respond to it.

If you, or someone you know have been a victim of a hate crime and you want to report it, you can:

Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care

If you've been affected by hate crime and would like support, contact Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care on 0300 303 3706. Crimes do not have to be reported to access this free and confidential service.

For more information, visit the Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care website.