Hate Crime is any incident which the victim, or anyone else, thinks is based on someone’s prejudice towards them. This can be because of a person’s:
- Race or ethnicity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity
Hate crime can fall into one of four main types: physical assault, verbal abuse, incitement to hatred and criminal damage.
Any incident, 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 constitutes a Hate Crime.
Please report hate crime/incidents if you are the victim, you have witnessed an incident or if you know someone who was the victim of an incident. We work with the organisations who have the power and influence to stamp out hate crimes and support victims. By reporting hate crimes, whether as a witness or a victim, you’re helping to make Rother a safer, better place.
Not all hate incidents will amount to criminal offences, however all will be investigated and it is equally important that these are reported and recorded by Sussex Police.
Hate crime that you see online can also be reported through the link above.
If you prefer not to contact Sussex Police online, you can:
Call 101 – The Police national, non-emergency telephone number is staffed 24/7. Call us on 101 to report a hate crime or to get support or advice. If you’re deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service on 18001 101.
Or visit a Police Station
In an emergency, you should always contact the relevant emergency service (police, fire or ambulance) on 999.
Other ways to report Hate Crime
True Vision has been developed so that you can report hate crimes online – you do not have to visit a police station to report. The police take hate crime very seriously and will record and investigate this offence even if you do not want to give your details. The True Vision website explains different types of Hate Crime, and how to report it and get support.
True Vision understands that it is sometimes difficult to go to the police about hate crime. If you are a victim of hate crime or know someone who is, there are various support agencies in place to support and offer guidance.
Report Hate Crime on transport networks through the British Transport Police
Other useful links
Crimestoppers – a national charity with a free helpline for reporting crime anonymously
Tell MAMA – a national project supporting victims of anti-Muslim hate and monitoring anti-Muslim incidents.
Community Security Trust (CST) – a charity protecting British Jews from antisemitism and related threats.
Galop – a national charity providing advice and support to members of the LGBT community.