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:

  • physical attacks such as assaults
  • damage to property such as vandalism, graffiti or arson
  • threatening behaviour such as verbal abuse or abusive gestures
  • cyberbullying such as offensive emails or social media messages
  • 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:

  • call 999 if a crime is happening now or if someone is in immediate danger
  • call 101 if it’s not an emergency
  • fill in the online crime form (avonandsomerset.police.uk)
  • visit your local police station

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

If you’ve reported hate crime but don’t feel enough action has been taken, you can use the Community Trigger. This means the case will be reviewed by the agencies involved, such as, us, the police, health teams and social housing providers. They will decide if any further action can be taken to sort out the issue.

You can start the Community Trigger if you’ve reported three incidents about the same problem, in the last six months. It can also be started if more than five people have made reports about the same problem in the last six months.

To start the process, you can:

  • apply online (avonandsomerset.police.uk)
  • call 0117 922 2500 (option 5) and ask for the community trigger
  • write to Community Trigger, Crime Reduction Team, BB, PO Box 595, Bristol City Council, BS99 2BK

Get support

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