Any incident which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate
Hate crimes and hate incidents are taken to mean any crime or incident where the perpetrator's hostility or prejudice against an identifiable group of people is a factor in determining who is victimised. (ACPO, 2000:13)
A hate crime or incident is any crime or incident which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person's actual or perceived social group or groups.
For the purpose of the strategy, the hate crime strands we will be focusing on are:
- Religion and Belief
- Sexual orientation
However it is worth noting that malice or ill will towards a social group can be based on any identifying factor, including the above groups, but not exclusively. Some people may experience hate crimes and incidents of more than one identifying factor, for example, a combination of race and disability factors.
It is important to note that some hate incidents may not constitute a criminal offence and therefore, will not be recorded as a hate crime, whereas all hate crimes are hate incidents.
Hate crimes and incidents can take many forms, including:
- Physical attacks
- Verbal abuse
- Neighbour disputes
- Intimidation or harassment
- Bullying at school, college or work
- Harassment by phone, text, email or through the internet (Cyber Bullying)
Why Report a Hate Crime?
Hate crime is a violation of personal and civil rights. In order to achieve effective action against hate incidents, they must be reported to the police, council and all other appropriate agencies.
Only if hate crime is reported can we take action to deal with it. No one has the right to harass, threaten or assault anyone because of who they are.
Who can Report a Hate Crime?
Anyone can report hate crime, including:
- Visitors to Lincolnshire
- Private tenants
- Local businesses
- Community and faith groups
Any kind of evidence can help us in the process of investigation. In particular, it can help an investigation if you are able to provide:
- A description of the perpetrator(s).
- Details of any witnesses to the incident.
- A diary record of any ongoing incidents and previous incidents you have experienced.
- Original copies of any hate mail that has been sent to you.
- Evidence of damage to property, graffiti etc. It is advisable not to clear these up before reporting the incident if possible.
If you don't have any evidence, we still encourage you to report hate crime.
How to Report a Hate Crime
In an emergency call us on 999 - particularly if an incident is still happening or has just happened.
Callers have the option of reporting an incident anonymously. We encourage victims to provide personal details, which will help us to investigate the incident more thoroughly.
For all non-emergency calls, contact us on 101
Stop Hate UK
You can also report hate crime to Stop Hate UK
On the Phone: 0800 138 1625
With Text Relay, for the deaf and hearing / speech impaired callers: 18001 0800 138 1625
In a Text: 07717 989 025
In an email: email@example.com
Chat on the web: www.stophateuk.org/talk
With a form: www.stophateuk.org/
In the post: Stop Hate UK, PO Box 484, Leeds LS7 9BZ
In person at a third party reporting centre in Lincolnshire.
Find out what happens after a call is received on the Stop Hate Line.
Lincolnshire Hate Crime Signposting Centres
There are a number of organisations across Lincolnshire that operate as Hate Crime Signposting Centres. Primarily these centres facilitate the reporting of Hate Crime and Hate Incidents by directing people to the 24 hour Stop Hate Line or Lincolnshire Police, who have responsibility for taking reports and can provide the immediate practical and emotional support required.
Staff within these organisations have an understanding of Hate Crime to a level that allows them to recognise the nature of incidents that are identified by service users, and the knowledge to signpost people to the correct services.
Lincolnshire Hate Crime Signposting Centres include:Sleaford CVS Sleaford Volunteer BureauEslaford' Centre, Annexe BKesteven StreetSleafordNG34 7DT01529 firstname.lastname@example.org Lincs 2 Advice 5 Mill HouseCarre StreetSleafordLincolnshireNG34 7TW0300 303 8789 Development Plus The Old VicarageCroft StreetLincolnLN2 5AX01522 email@example.com Lincs YMCA ShowroomTritton RoadLincolnLN6 7QY01522 508360 Busy Days Adult Care Centre Growing Futures Ltd
Queen's Park Community Hub
LN5 8EW01522 firstname.lastname@example.org Lincoln City Council City HallBeaumont FeeLincolnLN1 1DD01522 881188 Total Voice 5 Saxilby Enterprise ParkSkellingthorpe RoadSaxilbyLN1 2LR01522 706 580 West Lindsey District Council Guildhall, Marshall's YardGainsboroughDN21 2NA01427 676 email@example.com Boston College Skirbeck RoadBostonPE21 6JF01205 365701 Boston Borough Council Municipal BuildingsWest StreetBostonLincolnshirePE21 8QR01205 314200www.boston.gov.uk Linkage Toynton HallToynton All SaintsSpilsbyPE23 5AE01790 firstname.lastname@example.org