Hate crimes happen because of race, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age or appearance.
Hate crimes can include:
- Physical attacks (Physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbour disputes and arson)
- Threat of attack (Offensive letters or emails, abusive or obscene telephone calls, groups hanging around to intimidate you and unfounded, malicious complaints)
- Verbal abuse or insults (Harassment over the phone, by text or face to face, abusive gestures and remarks, bullying and threats)
They can happen anywhere - at home, school, work or on the street. It can be frightening for the victim and witnesses.
Derbyshire's free confidential 24 hour third party reporting line is independent from the police and provided by Stop Hate UK:
Telephone: 0800 138 1625
Text: 07717 989 025
Derbyshire Police are also available to take information and make a statement on 101. If it is an emergency situation, always dial 999. Alternatively, Crimestoppers will take your call anonymously on 0800 555 111.