What is Hate Crime?
Hate crime is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. It can be verbal or physical, and it can be carried out online or face-to-face. Hate crime can have a hugely damaging effect on the victim, their family and communities. We must all play our part to challenge and stop it.
During the coronavirus situation help is still available. If you have experienced or witnessed any hate incident or crime you must not hesitate to report it, whether it is online or face-to-face.
Hate crime comes in many forms, and examples include:
- Race – e.g. someone is threatened because of where they are from or the colour of their skin
- Religion – e.g. a victim is abused or shouted at because of their beliefs or religious dress
- Sexual orientation – e.g. a person is tormented because they are holding hands with another person of the same sex
- Transgender identity – e.g. a victim is humiliated or threatened online for being transgender
- Disability – e.g. a person is attacked because they have learning difficulties
Hate crime. Report it to stop it.
During the current coronavirus situation, help is still available. If you have experienced or witnessed a hate crime, whether it happened online or face-to-face, please don’t hesitate to report it. There are different ways in which you can report a hate crime:
Police Scotland take hate crime very seriously and will do everything that they can to bring those responsible to justice. There are various ways you can report a hate crime to Police Scotland:
999 Police Emergency
Always call 999 to report immediate danger of harm to speak to the police.
By telephone 999 (emergency) or 101 (non-emergency)
If deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired:
Text (SMS) 999 (emergency), contact BSL, or text 18001 (non-emergency).
You can report a hate crime in person at any police station
Or you can complete a hate crime reporting form.
3rd Party Reporting Centres
If you do not feel comfortable reporting the matter directly to the police, 3rd party reporting centres (support organisations) are there to help you report any hate crime incident.
To ensure anyone is able to report a hate crime, Police Scotland work in partnership with a wide variety of partners who perform the role of 3rd Party Reporting Centres. These partners have been trained to assist people in submitting a report to the police, and can make such a report on their behalf.
Examples of 3rd Party Reporting Centres participating in the scheme range from Housing Associations to Victim Support offices and Voluntary Groups.
Find your nearest Third Party Reporting Centre
Crimestoppers are a charity that give people the power to speak up to stop crime 100% anonymously. They do not ask for many personal details.
You can call on 0800 555 111 or complete the online reporting form to report a hate crime.
They also have a language translation service and can take reports in 147 different languages.
Victims and witnesses share their hate crime experiences.
Aneel talks about his experiences as both a witness to, and victim of, racial hate crime.
Henrietta recounts her experiences of being a victim of transgender hate crime.
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