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Hate crime

Report hate crime

A hate crime or incident is any offence perceived by the victim or any other person, whether a witness, friend or family member, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.

Reasons for the crime can be based on -

  • Race, ethnicity or nationality
  • Religion, faith or belief
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability and learning difficulties
  • Transgender identity
  • Gender based hostility
  • Individual characteristic that makes someone appear different, e.g. alternative lifestyle, culture, physical appearance

You can report hate crime online.

Victim experiences

Hate crimes or incidents can come in many different forms and varying degrees or seriousness. Below are just some examples reported in the past.

  • Verbal insults or abusive gestures - Verbal abuse
  • Threat of attack or bullying - Offensive letters or emails; Abusive or threatening phone calls, texts, emails or letters; Malicious complaints
  • Physical attacks - Physical assaults, which can include a minor push, as well as more serious assaults; Damage to a victim's house, shed, car or any other property own; Offensive graffiti; Neighbour disputes; Rubbish thrown in to a garden or dumped near to a home; Eggs or stones thrown at a house; Offensive or dangerous substances posted through letterboxes; Arson.

Why you should report

It is important to remember that when speaking out or reporting incidents you do not have to press charges against people. You can simply record that you perceived the incident to have happened. Control over what will happen lies with you. However, if you do report the incident, your concerns will be dealt with in a way that will ensure your confidentiality.

Reporting incidents

You can report hate crime online.

Alternatively, you can report it direct to Northamptonshire Police by calling 101 or by completing this online form.

If you have any queries, contact the Community Safety team at

The East Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership will make certain that victims are at the centre of their response to hate incidents and crime by ensuring that the partnership adheres to the Hate Reduction Service Standards.

More information

  1. Report hate crime (you are here)
  2. Racism
  3. Homophobia
  4. Disablism