What is a hate crime?
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person's:
race or ethnicity
religion or belief
They can be committed against a person or property. A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime.
What is a hate incident?
Hate Incidents can feel like crimes to those who suffer them and often escalate to crimes or tension in a community.
For this reason the police are concerned about incidents and you can use the True Vision website to report non-crime hate incidents.
The police can only prosecute when the law is broken but can work with partners to try and prevent any escalation in seriousness.
Why should I report hate crime?
Hate crimes and incidents hurt; they can be confusing and frightening.
By reporting them when they happen to you, you may be able to prevent these incidents from happening to someone else. You will also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in your local area so they can better respond to it.
Reporting makes a difference - to you, your friends, and your life.
To report a Hate Crime or Incident - http://report-it.org.uk/your_police_force
Both Lancashire and South Cumbria Police forces have web pages with lots of resources, including lists of third party reporting centres, information translated into a range of foreign languages and access to hate crime reporting for those who need a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.
Where can I find more information?
The Trust is determined to create hate free environments for patients, service users, staff and the public. You can find our approach to making this happen outlined in our Hate Crime Commitment here.
The Trust has developed short hate crime awareness video. The video contains examples of some types of hate crimes. We know there are lots of other examples. Please contact us if you would like to share your story. https://vimeo.com/361278408
For more information, click here and you can have a read of the 7 minute briefing.