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Hate crime

Hate crime

Crimes carried out against someone because of their race, religion, sexuality, disability or gender.

Call 999 if a crime is happening now or you're in immediate danger.

Hate crimes are carried against someone because of their race, religion, sexuality, disability or gender. They include:

  • a physical attack, like hitting you
  • threatening behaviour such as verbal abuse or rude gestures
  • damage to property such as vandalism, graffiti or arson
  • offensive letters or text messages
  • offensive leaflets or posters
  • getting others to carry out hate crimes

Report hate crime

Contact the police to report hate crime. You can:

You should report all hate crime, whether you’re the victim, a witness or are making the report for someone else.

Hate crime involving a council tenant

If you’re a council tenant or the person responsible for the hate crime is a council tenant, you can also report it to the Estate Management Service.

What to do if the problem isn’t resolved

You can start a community trigger if you’ve reported hate crime but don’t feel enough action has been taken.

Get support

Free and confidential support is available from Bristol Hate Crime and Discrimination Services.