Hate crime

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 can include:

  • Physical attacks
  • Damage to property
  • Offensive graffiti and arson

Also, 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;

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 person's disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity or perceived disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Examples can include:

  • Verbal or online abuse
  • Insults or harassment, such as taunting
  • Offensive leaflets or posters
  • Abusive gestures
  • Dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes
  • Bullying at school or in the workplace

Nobody should have to live with the fear, anxiety and consequencs of hate crime. Here in Kirklees, in partnership with the West Yorkshire Police we provie support and guidance to victims and take positive action against perpertrators.

How to report a hate crime/incident

Emergency or ongoing

If there is a threat to life or a hate incident ongoing: Call 999

Trains and train stations

Report all hate that happens on trains, or at the station, via text to the British Transport Police on 61016

Fill in our online form

All information you put on the form will be treated as confidential and will only be passed onto other parties if you provide permission to do so.

Clock Completing this form takes around 20 minutes

Report it

After you've made your report

It is received by Safer Kirklees who send it to the agency or agencies that you have asked it be referred to.

Those agencies will get in touch with you in due course.

You will receive a copy of your report to your email address if you enter it to the form.

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Other ways to report hate incidents

Visit a hate incident reporting centre

Here you can speak to a hate crime representative in confidence and be supported to complete an online report.

Hate incident reporting centres

You can also visit a Victim hub. Where Safer Kirklees and Victim Support can offer free and confidential advice and support.

Or contact Kirklees Direct 24 hour helpline Phone 01484 414888

Contact the Kirklees Police Hate Crime Unit

General enquiries

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