What is Hate Crime?
Hate Crime is any criminal offence committed against
a person or property that is motivated by an offenders hatred of someone
because of their:
- Race, Colour, Ethnic Origin, Nationality, National
- Gender or Gender Identity
- Sexual Orientation
- Physical attacks, damage to property, offensive graffiti,
- Threat of attack, offensive letters or e-mails, abusive
phone calls, offensive leaflets & posters, malicious complaints.
- Verbal abuse, insults, intimidation, abusive gestures,
bullying at school or in the workplace.
Any incident which is perceived to be racist by the
victim or any other person.
Racial harassment is any unwelcome or hostile behaviour that is linked
to your race, colour, nationality or ethnic origin, which can range from
abuse or intimidation to actual physical violence. These are criminal
activities and should be reported to the Police.
Any incident which is perceived to be homophobic by
the victim or any other person.
Homophobia is the irrational hatred, intolerance and fear of lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender people. It is often expressed visibly, audibly
and sometime violently.
Homophobic crime violence includes a range of behaviour, i.e.: verbal
abuse, property damage, threats and actual assaults. Such behaviour is
attributed directly to social intolerance towards those who are or perceived
not to be heterosexual.
Any incident which is perceived to be transphobic by
the victim or any other person.
Any incident which is perceived to be based upon prejudice
towards or hatred of the faith of the victim or so perceived by the victim
or any other person.
Disablist Incident (sometimes referred to as a disability related incident)
Any incident which is perceived to be based upon prejudice towards or
hatred of their disability or so perceived by the victim or any other
What You Can Do
If you are a victim, or know of someone who is, REPORT
IT. You can do this by telephone, in person, or on line to the
police or to one of the other organisations listed below who can offer
support and advice.
Because this type of crime is particularly hurtful to
victims because they are being targeted because of their personal identity,
their racial, ethnic origin, disability, sexuality, beliefs or faith,
the nature of these crimes can have far reaching consequences for communities.
The impact on victims or witnesses is different for
each individual, but many experience similar problems. The confusion,
fear and lack of safety felt by victims and witnesses of these crimes
can have an have a ripple effect on their particular groups (racial or
religious, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and vulnerable people)
in the community.
It is very easy to say that you must find help, but
that is exactly what you should do. It might not be easy to talk to someone
about what is happening to you, but you must. Either confide in a friend
or contact one of the agencies listed below to talk to someone who can
offer you emotional support and also practical help.
- Name, address, contact details, date of birth, ethnicity.
- Whether you are a repeat victim.
- Willingness to assist the Police in the investigation,
maybe provide a statement or possibly attend court if required.
Information about the
- What type of incident (i.e.: What happened?) this
is likely to include descriptions of people, events and the location
the incident took place.
- Date and time of the incident
- Any weapons / firearms used
- Suspect details (age, address, contact details if
known) / descriptions if details not known
- Any witness details
Tel: 01255 686359
Local hotline to report incidents of anti-social behaviour run by the
Colchester Gay & Lesbian
Tel: 01206 871394
Confidential help line for homophobic incidents.
Clacton – Divisional HQ
Switchboard - 101 Emergency - 999 Police
For the latest news, crime statistics and advice on safety. To report
minor crimes on-line, and for employment opportunities within the police
Tel: 0845 3030 900
A national charity with trained volunteers to contact people following
a crime to offer a free confidential support and information.
Tacmep - Tendring &
Colchester Minority Ethnic Partnership
Tel: 01206 769789 and 01206 500471
Address: TACMEP, Winsleys House, High Street, Colchester, Essex. CO1 1UG
Seeking to promote and develop a better understanding
of the minority ethnic communities in Tendring. They act as a conduit
for local statutory bodies in consulting and engaging minority ethnic
communities in the delivery of service.
Crimestoppers is the independent charity helping to prevent and solve
crimes. The scheme allows you to give information about crimes that affect
you and your local community.
Women's Aid 24-Hour National Domestic Violence
Tel: 0808 2000 247
Women's Aid offers support and refuge for women and children affected
by domestic violence.
Tel: 0845 30 30 900
Victim Support helps people cope with the effects of crime. There are
separate advice sections for people living in England and Wales, Scotland
and Northern Ireland.
Tel: 0345 90 90 90
Not only do the Samaritans provide an invaluable listening service, they
also raise public awareness of issues such as depression and suicide.
A comprehensive web-site dealing with many aspects in bullying in the
home, school and workplace.
Counselling Directory only lists qualified/registered counsellors and psychotherapists. Every member must send us copies of their qualifications and insurance cover or must be registered with a recognised professional body.