Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:
- race or ethnicity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
- transgender identity
This can be committed against a person or property.
Hate crimes have been in the news since the Referendum vote, with a 58% rise being reported.
The TUC have released a report called 'Challenging Racism after the EU Referendum' which has specific actions that the Government, employers and Trade Unions can take to combat hate crimes.
If you see a hate crime, are the victim of one or someone you know has been the victim of a hate crime, you can report it via the True Vision website. The site also has information on what hate crimes are and the support available to victims of hate crimes.
You can also report hate crimes anonymously via the Stop Hate UK site and they will pass on the details to your local force. Stop Hate UK also have a 24 hour helpline - 0800 138 1625
If you live in the Thames Valley Area, you can report crimes and find out more information here.
If you live in Sussex, you can report crimes and find out more here.
If you live in Surrey, you can report crimes and find out more here.
If you live in Milton Keynes, you can report crimes and find out more here.
If you live in Kent, you can report crimes and find out more here.
Some of the increase in hate crimes since the referendum has been targeted at asylum seekers and refugees. If you want to support refugees in your area, you can find out how at the Refugee Council or by seeing if your local town or city has become a City of Sanctuary.
Currently, the following towns and cities in the region have gained City of Sanctuary Status: