Hate crimes

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:

Last Updated: 20 May 2014