Hate crime & hate incidents
What are hate crimes and hate incidents?
A Hate Crime – is any criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate towards their race, religion, gender identity, disability or sexual orientation.
A Hate Incident is one which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate towards their race, religion, gender identity, disability or sexual orientation.
A hate crime or hate incident can include:
- Physical attacks.
- Disputes with your neighbours.
- People swearing at you or making abusive remarks.
- People doing things that frighten, intimidate or distress you.
- Bullying at school, college or place of work.
- Spitting or making insulting gestures.
How to report a Hate Crime or Hate Incident
You can report Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents in several ways:
- Directly to the Police; in an emergency call 999 or call 101 (Hertfordshire Constabulary's non-emergency number)
- Third Party Reporting Centres - some agencies within Three Rivers are now Third Party Reporting Centre’s, meaning you can report Hate Crimes/Incidents directly with them instead of going to the Police.
- You can report Hate Crimes/Incidents with Three Rivers District Council by calling 01923 776611.
- Otley Way Family Centre: 0208 428 5434
- Watford Mencap, Rickmansworth – 01923 713 620
- CAB - 0344 245 1296
- Online – through the national website for Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents True Vision at report-it.org.uk.
We will treat all victims of hate crimes and hate incidents in a professional and sensitive manner. It is important that we receive reports of hate crimes and incidents as they not only affect the individual victim, but also impact on entire communities.
Other Sources of Support
- Trans* community support is available from the Beaumont Society, through www.beaumontsociety.org.uk.
- Community Security Trust (CST) is a charity that aims to protect British Jews from anti-Semitic threats. They have a team that provides support specifically for hate crime. www.cst.org.uk.
- Disability Watford is a Watford and Three Rivers based information and support group for people with disability. This can be accessed via www.disabilitywatford.org.uk
- Support is available for the LGBT*Q community through www.stonewall.org.uk.
- Tell MAMA is a national project that monitors anti Muslim attacks and can provide support to victims of Islamophobic hate crime. www.tellmamauk.org
Hate Crime Campaign
Show your support to tackling Hate Crime by downloading and displaying the posters produced by Three Rivers Community Safety Partnership in your workplace and community.
- Tackling Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crime -PDF's
- Tackling Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crime (with partners) - PDF's
- Tackling Racial Hate Crime - PDF 1, PDF 2, PDF 3 and PDF 4 (pdf)
- Tackling Disability Hate Crime - PDF's
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