All hate crime is important. No hate crime is too minor to report to the police. Anyone can be the victim of a hate crime.
What Hate Crime is
Whilst all crime needs to be taken seriously, the Council, Police and other partners locally and nationally are concerned about crimes of prejudice. Both because the impact can be hurtful and because it is recognised that victims of these crimes have not always received a good service and as a result may reluctant to report the crime.
The Association of Chief Police Officers and the Crown Prosecution Service have agreed on a common definition of hate crime:
"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 race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender”.
Nottinghamshire Police has also committed to record as hate offences incidents targeted against women (ie misogyny) and alternative cultures, like ‘goths’.
These definitions are not important, whoever you are you should be treated with respect and where you have been the victim of a crime we aim to support you appropriately.
Reporting a Hate Crime or Hate Incident
- In an emergency dial 999
- For less urgent reporting, call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 to speak to trained officers in confidence
- Crimestoppers will take your call in confidence on 0800 555111 if you wish to remain anonymous
- You can report online to True Vision
You may also want to discuss your experience with a community organisation or public body if you are uncomfortable going straight to the police.
Some organisations and individuals such as Victim Support have received training and may be able to give you advice or they may simply help you to report to the police online on the True Vision site.