I need to report a hate crime

If you think you have witnessed a hate crime and want to report it, you can do so in a number of ways. If you think the victim of the hate crime has autism or a learning disability, it’s important to report this too.

If you or anyone else is in immediate danger then you should call 999.

If you think you are the victim of a hate crime, please click here for advice.

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What happens when you report a hate crime?

We’ve worked with the National Police Chief’s Council to make a guide about how to spot and report a disability hate crime, and what happens when you do.

Download the guide

The guide is for carers and supporters of victims of disability hate crime, but the information it provides can help anybody who is concerned about someone at risk of a hate crime.

It gives you an understanding about what will happen when you report a hate crime and the rights of the victim.

Visit the hate crime reporting website

The report-it website can give you more information about how to report a hate crime.

Report an autism and learning disability hate crime to the police

Call 999 or 101 to report a hate crime

If the hate crime is serious or an emergency, call 999 and tell the respondent you believe you are witnessing a hate crime.

If it isn’t an emergency, call 101 and tell the respondent what you have witnessed.

When reporting a crime, always be clear if you suspect the victim has autism or a learning disability. If you are able to, stay with the victim and help the police understand how to communicate with them.

Use the self-reporting system to report a hate crime

You can anonymously report a hate crime online. This system is designed to report any form of hate incident or crime that you may have witnessed, or if you are reporting on behalf of someone else.

Sometimes you might feel the incident isn’t serious enough to report to the police but it’s still extremely important that they know and have it on their records.

Visit the Report it – Report a crime online webpage.

Third party reporting

You can report hate crimes to third party organisations (those not associated with the police). These organisations are set up to support victims of hate crime:

Staying safe as a witness to a hate crime

If you are witness to a crime, you need to put your safety first.

  • In an emergency call 999.
  • Stay alert and safe.
  • Don’t physically intervene.
  • Put everything that you remember about the incident in writing.
  • Report the incident as soon as possible.

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