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Have you, or someone you know been a victim of a hate crime or hate incident?

Every day in Gloucestershire, people are victims of prejudice and hate which impact upon their daily lives.  Many incidents of hate go unreported. That is why it is important that if hate crime happens to you or someone you know, that you should report it.

A hate incident is “any incident which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate”. A hate crime is any such incident which constitutes a criminal offence. 

Such incidents are targeted at individuals or groups on the basis of their perceived or real ‘difference’ and vulnerability, because of their: disability, gender-identity, race, religion or sexual orientation. 

They can happen anywhere: in the street, in the vicinity of the victim’s home, on public transport, social venues, fast-food outlets or against religious buildings.

Examples of hate crime or hate incidents include:

  • verbal abuse, like name-calling, making jokes on the street
  • harassment, like constantly knocking on the door or throwing eggs at windows
  • bullying or intimidation by children, adults, neighbours or strangers
  • physical assault on a person (for example hitting, punching, pushing, spitting, violent words)
  • threats of violence
  • hoax calls, abusive phone calls or text messages
  • insulting or derogatory online comments (for example on Facebook or Twitter)
  • displaying or circulating discriminatory literature
  • harm or damage to property, pets, vehicles, community buildings or places of worship
  • using dogs to frighten a person
  • graffiti
  • arson
  • malicious complaints over parking, visitors, smells, noise

Hate crime in any form is wrong. Report it.

Reporting makes a difference – to you, your friends, and your community. By reporting hate crime when it happens, you can help stop it happening to someone else.

You will also help us to better understand the level of hate crime in Gloucestershire, improve the way we respond to it and provide greater assistance when you need it most.

How to report a hate crime or hate incident:

Gloucestershire Constabulary

We want to know. We want to help.


Gloucestershire Hate Crime and Incident Strategic Group

An organisation committed to identifying and combatting hate crimes in the county



If you do not want to talk to the police or fill in the reporting forms, you can still report a hate crime by contacting Crimestoppers

You do not have to give your name and what you say is confidential. It is free to call.


Other organisations that can help

If you are a victim of hate crime or know someone who is, there are various support agencies in Gloucestershire and across the UK who can offer support and guidance: 

Page last updated: 22 August 2016