What is a hate crime?
People can become victims of crime for lots of different reasons. When a person is targeted because of hostility or prejudice towards who they are or a characteristic they have we call this a hate crime.
A hate incident is the same as a hate crime, although what has happened is not always a criminal offence. Hate incidents may happen once, or several times over a longer period. Gwent Police always take hate crimes and incidents seriously.
You may be a victim of hate crime because you are:
- Religious (or not)
- Lesbian, gay or bisexual (or not)
- From a different country, of a different ethnic origin, or have a different skin colour
Hate incidents and crimes can include:
- Physical attacks
- Written or verbal insults e.g. abusive phone calls, offensive letters, comments on social networking sites
- Threatening behaviour
Reporting Hate Crime
There are a range of ways that you can report a hate incident or crime:
- Visit your local police station
- Call 101 in a non emergency
- Call 999 in an emergency
If you don't feel ready to speak to the police you can report to somebody else:
- Victim Support at www.reporthate.victimsupport.org.uk
- True Vision at www.report-it.org.uk
- Victim Support on 0300 30 31 982
Support for victims of hate crime
In Gwent Police we have a team of over 30 Hate Crime Support Officers (HCSOs) who have received additional training in supporting victims of hate incidents and crimes. If you report a hate incident or crime to us, an HCSO will be in touch to offer their help, and to signpost you to other organisations that may be able to support you. There are lots of other agencies who can help, to find out more, contact Connect Gwent, our victims' hub on 0300 123 2133 or visit www.connectgwent.org.uk