Any crime that is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to be racist, homophobic, transphobic or due to a person’s religion, belief, gender identity or disability is a hate crime.
Hate crime is a form of exploitation which occurs when a person is harmed or taken advantage of by someone they thought was their friend.
Hate crimes can include:
- physical attacks - physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbour disputes and arson
- threat of attack - offensive letters or emails, abusive or obscene telephone calls, groups hanging around to intimidate you and unfounded, malicious complaints
- verbal abuse or insults - harassment over the phone, by text or face to face, abusive gestures and remarks, bullying and threats
They can happen anywhere - at home, school, work or on the street. It can be frightening for the victim and witnesses.
Report hate crime to Derbyshire police
Derbyshire Police are also available to take information and make a statement, tel: 101. If it's an emergency tel: 999.
Report non-emergency crimes or incidents to the police by form.
Emergency SMS for deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired people
Non-emergency text to: 07800 002414
Emergency text to: 999.
You’ll need to register your mobile phone before using the emergency SMS service.
You can also use the deaf, heard of hearing or speech impaired contact form.
Stop Hate UK
Derbyshire's free confidential 24 hour per day third party reporting line is independent from the police and provided by Stop Hate UK.
Tel: 0800 138 1625
Text: 07717 989 025
Post: P.O. Box 851, Leeds, LS1 9QS
Crimestoppers are an independent charity that lets you report crime anonymously.
You can contact them by phone or online, 24/7, 365 days a year.
They also share advice on how to protect the yourself from crime.
Tel: 0800 555 111.
Derbyshire victims services
Step Up Beat Hate can take reports and offer advocacy and resolution through restorative justice.
Tel: 0800 612 6505
Hate crime resources
A wide range of resources in relation to hate crime can be found on the Safer Derbyshire website.