What counts as a hate crime?
Citizens Advice say hate incidents are where the victim or anyone else believe crimes were motivated by hostility or prejudice based on one of the following things: race, religion, disability, transgender identity or sexual orientation.
When hate incidents become criminal offences they are known as hate crimes.
Why should I report?
- To get support for yourself or the victim.
- To give police an accurate account of hate crimes in the area.
- To help stop future hate crimes.
How to report hate crime
1. Download the eyeWitness app to report on your phone.
2. Report on iStreetWatch: the site that tracks racist and xenophobic harassment in public spaces.
Report of a hate crime
Report of hate speech in a bar in Cardiff
3. Report to Cardiff organisation Race Equality First. Call 029 2048 6207 for advice from one of their caseworkers.
We don't know the full extent of hate crime in Wales. According to the most recent Home Office figures, there were 43,748 recorded hate crimes in England and Wales in 2011-12 with 1,809 being recorded in Wales. Hate crime is significantly underreported, so it's important to be aware that the figures are probably the "tip of the iceberg".
If you've experienced a hate incident or crime you can report it to the police. You can also report a hate incident or crime even if it wasn't directed at you. For example, you could be a friend, neighbour, family member, support worker or simply a passer-by.
When reporting the incident or crime you should say whether you think it was because of disability, race, religion, transgender identity, sexual orientation or a combination of these things. This is important because it makes sure the police record it as a hate incident or crime.
- Citizens Advice