What is a hate crime?
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s: disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender identity.
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.
We’ve produced this short film with spoken word artist George the Poet where he explores the different elements of hate crime and why it is important for us all to come together to challenge intolerance and report incidents of hate crime.
Why should I report hate crime?
Hate crimes and hate incidents can hurt people and leave them feeling confused and frightened. By reporting hate crimes a person may be able to prevent these incidents happening to somebody else. It will also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in your local area so they can better respond to it.
How can I report a hate crime?
You can report hate crime online through True Vision at report-it.org.uk
In Scotland, you can use the Police Scotland online reporting form.
Other third-party reporting centres include:
Working in the UK
Following the rise in race-related hate crime after the EU referendum we provided guidance on what to do if you're worried about racism, and how to report it.
Our joint campaign, supported by organisations including the TUC, FSB and CBI, provides advice on employees’ rights at, and outside, work and gives important information about where people can go for help, including how to report race hate incidents. Equality and Human Rights Commission Chair David Isaac wrote to employers (PDF) to launch the guidance.
Support for Polish people living in the UK
Or contact one of the Polish Embassies in the UK.
London: Wydział Konsularny Ambasady RP w Londynie
+44 (0)207 8228 900
Manchester: Konsulat Generalny RP w Manchesterze
+44 (0)161 245 4130
Edinburgh: Konsulat Generalny RP w Edynburgu
+44 (0)131 5520301
Last updated: 19 Jun 2017