We're supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020

It’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week and we’re working with partners to raise awareness of the issue, how it can affect people and how you can report it.

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13 Oct 2020

What is a hate crime?

Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender identity.

They can be committed against a person or property. A victim doesn’t have to be a member of the group the hostility is targeted towards. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime.

The police can only prosecute when the law is broken, but can work with partners to try and prevent any escalation.

Why should I report hate crime?

Reporting when it happens to you might help stop these incidents happening to someone else. You’ll also help the police understand how widespread hate crime is in your local area so they can better respond to it.

How can I report hate crime?

There are several ways you can report a hate crime, whether you have been a victim, a witness, or you are reporting on behalf of someone else:

  • In an emergency call 999 or 112. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use the textphone service 18000 or text 999 if you’ve pre-registered for the service.
  • Contact the police. You don’t have to give your personal details, but this could affect the investigation and ability to prosecute the offender(s).
  • Report online using the facility on this website. Cleveland Police also have their own reporting form which can be found here
  • Download the self-reporting form and send this to your local police force.
  • Third party reporting centres - there are a number of local agencies that can report an incident on your behalf and provide you with advice and support. Please note that opening times may vary due to Covid-19. Please contact each service to enquire about availability.
  • If you don't want to talk to the police or fill in the reporting forms, you can report a hate crime by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website to tell them what you know 100% anonymously.

Thirteen customers

If you’re a Thirteen customer, you can contact us directly by:

  • Visiting our website or downloading the Reportable app for free to your android or Apple device. You’ll find all the information here
  • Emailing asb@thirteengroup.co.uk
  • Calling 0300 111 1000 and asking for the ASB triage team)

We might not be able to take action against the crime or incident, but we can make a referral for you and complete a Hate Crime Reporting Form on your behalf to send to the police and local authority. We can also refer you to additional support agencies such as VCAS (Victim Care and Advice Service).