Hate crimes are crimes against a person or property.
The victim views that the crime is motivated by prejudice towards a part of their identity. This could be:
- Race or ethnicity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender Identity
A victim does not have to be a member of the group that the hostility was targeted at. In fact, anyone can be a victim of a hate crime.
What is a Hate Crime or incident?
About hate crimes and incidents
Hate crime incidents may involve:
- physical attacks
- verbal abuse
- domestic abuse
- damage to your property
A Hate Incident refers to an act that may be perceived as hatred or prejudice towards any aspect of a person’s identity. This may or may not be a criminal offence.
Hate incidents should be reported to the police as these can often escalate to crimes.
The police can only prosecute when the law is broken. Yet they can work with partners and other organisations to try and prevent these incidents from escalating.
By reporting hate crimes and hate incidents, you may be able to prevent these incidents from happening to someone else.
How to report a Hate Crime
What to do
If you feel that the incident you have witnessed is in need of a response immediately then you can contact the police by calling 999.
Methods of reporting
Telephone police “ 101” (Non-Emergency)
Cambridgeshire Police website – http:www.cambs-police.co.uk/victims/report online/
Safer Peterborough Partnership:
Third Party Reporting Centres
If you do not want to report an incident to the police, you can contact a Third-Party Reporting Centres instead. The centre will ensure these are recorded. This allows appropriate preventative action and support to be considered.
PARCA - Unity Hall, Northfield Rd, PE1 3QH - Contact no: 01733 563420
PCC – Bridge street, Peterborough, PE1 1HF - Contact no: 01733 747474
PCVS Office 32-34 Cromwell Road, PE1 2EA - Contact no: 01733 311016
Cross Keys Homes, Shrewsbury Avenue, PE2 7BZ - Contact no: 01733 385000
Hyde Housing Group, 92 Lincoln Road, PE1 2SN - Contact no: 01733 349800
Axiom Housing, Charlton Court, Holywell Way PE3 6LF - Contact no: 01733 269720
Citizens Advice Bureau, 16-17 St Marks Street, PE1 2TU - Contact no: 0344 499 4120 or from Mobile: 0300 330 0650
For further advice, information, and support about hate crime, you may contact:
Safer Peterborough Partnership Hate Crime Officer: Emma Elmett 07795605954
Anti Bullying Alliance - Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Targeted Bullying
Targeted Bullying - Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities
In 2020, the Anti Bullying Alliance investigated the experiences of school bullying from young people. This was part of a project delivered with Friends, Families and Travellers and funded by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
They found that children and young people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller background are more often bullied in schools. They often have lower levels of education and are some of those who are most likely to be excluded from school (Equality & Human Rights Commission, 2016).
The Anti Bullying Alliance website has more information on this and other projects.
Disability hate crime toolkit
We are a group of disabled people, allies and activists that are committed to challenging hate crime.
We offer advice about:
- what is a hate crime.
- Reporting Hate Crime
- Staying safe
View lots more information on our website Disability Hate Crime Tioolkit