Hate crime / hate incidents

Hate Hurts

Hate crimes / hate incidents can take place anywhere – at home, in the streets, at work, online or at school. No-one should have to live with the fear, anxiety and consequences of hate.

Reporting it when it happens will help the Police to deal with it and may prevent these incidents from happening to someone else. You will also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in your local area so they can better respond to it.

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What is a Hate Crime?

Hate Crime Infographic (PDF)

A Hate Crime is 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 disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity or perceived disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Examples include:

Physical attacks, such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti and arson;

Threat of attack, such as inciting hatred by words, pictures or videos, offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls, groups hanging around to intimidate, and unfounded malicious complaints;

Video - George the Poet speaks about Hate Crime

Members of the Police and Crime Commissioner's Youth Advisory Group explain what hate crime is

What is a Hate Incident?

A Hate Incident is any non-crime incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a persons disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity or perceived disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Examples include:

Verbal or online abuse, insults or harassment, such as taunting, offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes, and bullying at school or in the workplace.

 

 

How do I report a Hate Crime / Incident?

A Hate Crime / Incident can be reported by:

If you have been the victim of behaviour you felt was inappropriate by a police officer or member of police staff you can report a police complaint.

 

 

 

What happens after you have reported a Hate Crime / Incident?

All hate crimes / incidents are investigated thoroughly.  Not all cases will be put before the Court, but when a hate incident is received the views of the victim are always considered.  One of our specialist Hate Crime Officers, Emma Harrison, talks about what happens when a hate crime is reported in the video below.

BSL Signed Video

Working with partners to raise awareness of hate crime

West Yorkshire Police work with partners to raise awareness of hate crime, increase reporting and support victims.  These include the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, working together on a joint ‘Hate Hurts’ campaign, which highlights what hate crime is and what we are doing to help tackle it.  Click here to view our Hate Hurts posters, infographics, leaflets and Easy Read information

We work regularly with hate leads in West Yorkshire local authorities, and other reporting services such as Stop Hate UK, Community Safety Trust, TellMama and Bradford Hate Crime Alliance.  

Hate crime information in different languages has been produced in a joint project with British Transport Police.  Click here to view.

 

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