Hate crime

Hate crime is everyone's problem - don't look away, don't ignore it, don't stay silent

A hate crime is when someone is abused, intimidated, victimised or harassed, either verbally and/or physically, because of their race, faith, religion, disability or sexuality.

This is a criminal offence for which you can be arrested and prosecuted. Anyone can be a victim of a hate crime, not just those in minority communities.

Hate crimes include physical assault, threats, bullying, disputes with neighbours, spitting at someone, swearing and calling people names, doing things to frighten, setting fire to someone's property or just general harassment.

Report a hate crime

There are a number of ways you can report a hate crime:

  • In an emergency, always dial 999
  • By phone to West Mercia Police on 101
  • Online via the True Vision website
  • Visit a police station

If you experience a hate crime while receiving services from us, you should make a formal complaint immediately.

You can also download a leaflet with information on hate crime.

Find out what we're doing to work against discrimination in the community.