When you experience hate crime you may feel totally overwhelmed. It can affect your confidence and ability to think clearly about what is best for you. It can make you feel alone, isolated even, despite the fact that you may have many friends.
Reporting hate crime
You may not want to involve the police in your experience of hate crime, especially if the perpetrator(s) are family members or carers and know your social circles. If you are disabled or have a health condition, you should consider how to access continued support needs.
The fear of physical retaliation (or counter allegation) should not be dismissed. Hate crime often takes place where there are no independent witnesses.
Some forms of reporting hate crime may include:
- contacting a LAGLO Police Officer via phoning 101
- in an emergency dial 999 – (threat of physical harm)
- an organisation Reporting Point – such as Kroma, over the telephone or online.
- a venue Reporting Point – such as a Hampshire Library / Discovery Centre (this is pilot scheme)
- reporting online to www.Report-It.org.uk
- report to medical practitioners, such as a GP or consultant
- report to a local estate officer or anti-social behaviour officer
- speak to a friend or family member, asking them to report it on your behalf
- if a friend or family member is a witness to a hate crime or incident they can report it
- evidence from the noise abatement departments, and
- a diary or log of incidents.
Dealing with Harassment / Unwanted Behaviour
If you experience an ongoing pattern of harassment (repeated unwanted behaviour that causes alarm or distress) then:
- keep a record of these events
- whether over a number of weeks, months or years
- prevents trying to remember details hours, weeks or months after they happened
- this will help provide useful information
- different services will be able to understand your situation
- appropriate action can be taken.
- Include the following type of information:
- What happened – Try to be specific and concise
- What was said – Write the exact words used in verbal abuse
- Who was involved – If you do not know names, describe their appearance
- Where did the incident take place – Be specific about road names, bus numbers, etc.
- Were there any witnesses – Details of people who saw what happened
- What was the impact on you – How it effected you practically or emotionally
- Reporting details – Reference number for the incident you reported to the police or date you reported it
Click here to download a Diary Sheet to use