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.

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. That is why it is 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, contact Suffolk Police or call them on 101.

You can report online through True Vision.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

Agencies across Suffolk are working hard to develop alternative ways of reporting and offering help. These will be promoted shortly.

Always in an emergency call 999


Additional Information

Stop Hate UK, a national organisation, has produced a film ‘What is Hate Crime’ with British sign language, sub-titles and voice-over.