How do you report it?
Hate crimes and incidents can be reported to the police. However, should you not wish to report the incident to the Police there are third-party reporting schemes which allow victims to report hate crimes to the police anonymously via a third party such as a community group or website.
Any information you give at a Third Party Reporting Centre is confidential and anonymous if you prefer. Information does not have to be shared; you can choose what information to give and who it is passed on to.
Why should you report it?
Experiencing hate crime can be particularly frightening, as you have been targeted because of who you are, or who or what your attacker thinks you are. Unlike non-identity-related offences, the attack is very personal and specifically targeted, which means it’s less likely to be a random attack.
You may feel embarrassed about raising an issue or don’t want to cause a fuss. However, it is important that hate crime is reported and dealt with appropriately to prevent an incident from escalating into something more serious.