Hate crime

Report a hate crime and access victim support

A hate crime is any criminal offence targeted at a person due to their identity that involves hostility or violence. The law recognises five types of hate crime based on:

  • race
  • religion
  • disability
  • sexual orientation
  • transgender identity

Hate crime affects not only the victim but entire communities. Please help us stamp out hate crime in the district by reporting any incidents of abuse or violence motivated by prejudice.

There are several ways to report hate crime:

  • if there is an immediate danger to life, call the police on 999 – or use the textphone service 18000 if you have a speech or hearing impairment
  • in non-emergency situations, call the police on 101 or report the incident online
  • call us on 01923 776611

Get support

If you have been a victim of hate crime, the Hertfordshire Mind Network Community Support Service work alongside you to develop a tailored package of support to help you recover from your ordeal.

You may also find the below organisations helpful:

  • The Beaumont Society offers practical and emotional  assistance to members of the transgender community
  • Galop supports members of the LGBT*Q+ community who have experienced abuse or violence
  • The Watford and Three Rivers-based Disability Watford provides information and support to people with disability
  • The Community Security Trust campaigns against anti-Semitism and supports British Jews
  • Tell MAMA monitors anti-Muslim hate crime and supports victims of Islamophobia
  • the Eastern European Resource Centre supports Eastern European communities, including victims of hate crime
  • Karma Nirvana supports victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage
  • The Hertfordshire Beacon Victim Care Centre provides emotional and practical help if are the victim of a crime
  • Gate Herts offers a range of support to members of the travelling community