Hate crime is crime that the victim or any other person perceives to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards any aspect of a person’s identity.
Derbyshire Police monitor six strands of hate crime:
- Gender identity
- Race, nationality or ethnicity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Subculture eg: Goth, Steampunk, Hipster
Police forces also monitor religiously motivated hate crime specifically related to anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
A hate incident is any incident, which may or may not be a crime, that the victim, or any other person, perceives to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards any aspect of a person’s identity. The police determine whether a hate incident is a crime.
Anyone who experiences or hears about a hate crime or hate incident in the District can report it to the Police or to Stop Hate UK. Reports are used to help those victimised, to bring perpetrators to justice, and to influence our work to stop Hate Crime.
Every incident should be reported, whether it is name calling in the street, damage to property, graffiti, physical assault, or any other type of incident that makes someone feel upset at being targeted.
Please report all hate incidents to us immediately so we can investigate them fully:
In Derbyshire, you can get support and report hate incidents to Stop Hate UK in a number of ways:
- Online: Report a Hate Crime to Stop Hate UK
- Online: Report a LGBT Hate Crime to Stop Hate UK
- Phone: 0800 138 1625
- Text Relay: 18001 0800 138 1625
- BSL: British Sign Language Service
- Easy Read: Easy Read Information for people with learning disabilities - find out ways to report what’s happened
Anyone can report hate crime and access support - victims and witnesses. You can remain anonymous if you wish.
A safe place is somewhere people with a learning disability can go if they feel scared, are lost or need help when they are out and about.
You may come across a lot of material on the internet that offends you, but very little of it is actually illegal. UK laws are written to make sure that people can speak and write, even offensive material, without being prosecuted for their views.