Hate crimes

New law in force

The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.

If someone threatens, abuses or attacks you because of your religion or belief (or lack thereof), this may amount to what is called a ‘hate crime’. Hate crimes are criminal offences, and you should report them to the police.

Hate crimes can include:

  • physical attacks and damage to your property
  • offensive letters, emails or phone calls
  • groups of people intimidating you
  • insults or offensive leaflets or posters
  • dumping rubbish outside your home or through your letterbox
  • bullying at school or work.

If you are too frightened to speak to the police, you can report a hate crime anonymously through:

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