What is a hate incident?


A hate incident is any kind of behaviour that causes fear, alarm or distress where the victim or anyone else, feels that they have been targeted because of their racial heritage, religion or beliefs, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Examples of hate incidents/crimes:

“ I was going to the shop in my wheelchair when a group of people spat at me and called me names, this hurt my feelings.”

“ I was on Facebook when I saw racist comments on a friend’s page and this offended me.”

“ I was at a nightclub when someone hit me and shouted verbal abuse about the colour of my skin.”

“ I saw an adoption poster covered in graffiti saying horrible things about same sex couples adopting children.”

Hate crime in any form is wrong but if it goes unchallenged, it will continue to happen. That is why it is important that if you experience, see or know about hate crime in your community, you should report it. We all need to say NO to hate.

Hate Crime Operational Guidance

Download PDF FileHate Crime Operational Guidance

Senior managers from across Cornwall have SAID NO to hate crime


We said NO to Hate!

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How can you tell us about it?

There are lots of ways that you can tell us about it. You don’t have to give your personal details if you don’t want to or provide any evidence.

How to report and find support

Can I access support if I don’t report?


Yes, our independent third party reporting centres can provide support and advice, to anyone who has experienced any form of hate crime even if you choose not to report.

Our commitment to you

We do not want hate crime in Cornwall.










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