Hate crimes

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.

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 an information on hate crime leaflet

Herefordshire Council runs the "No Prejudice in HEREfordshire" campaign to make it clear that prejudice, in whatever form it manifests itself, should not be tolerated by anyone. We aim to provide reassurance to all residents regardless of age, race or gender that they are safe and protected and to enable them to live safe, healthy and independent lives.

We are encouraging all local businesses, groups and schools to sign up to our anti hate crime pledge - if you would like more information on how you or your organisation can be involved, please email our diversity team at diversity@herefordshire.gov.uk

Hate crime pledge