What is a hate crime?
A hate crime is a crime committed against someone because of their disability, transgender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity or nationality.
Hate crimes can include:
- threatening behaviour
- verbal abuse
- physical assault
- damage to property
- inciting others to commit hate crimes
- online abuse
How to report a hate crime
Report it to the police
In an emergency always call 999.
If your call is not urgent, call 101.
Other ways to report hate crime
There are also national organisations to report hate crime to. These include:
- True Vision run by the National Police Chiefs' Council. Use their form: Report a hate crime form: True vision
- The Community Security Trust (CST) a national charity to report anti-Semitism
- Tell MAMA is an independent non-government organisation to report anti Muslim hate or Islamophobia
Help and support for domestic or sexual abuse
We have an information leaflet that lists services to help keep people safe across Barnet.
Victims of hate crime
Have you been a victim of Hate Crime? Have you considered restorative justice?
Restorative justice brings those harmed by crime or conflict and those responsible for the harm into communication. It enables everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward. This is part of a wider field called restorative practice.
Restorative practice allows people to communicate effectively and positively by:
- prevent conflict
- build relationships
- repair harm
Restorative practice is increasingly being used in schools, children’s services, workplaces, hospitals, communities and the criminal justice system.
The Barnet Mencap hate crime videos offer advice and guidance to how restorative justice can help you.