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.

If a criminal offence has been committed a hate incident becomes a hate crime.This can mean threats, damage to property, verbal abuse, offensive graffiti, harassment and violence. It may be targeted at one person or at a group of people.

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

The 2005 Hate Crime Manual has been revised to reflect developments in this crucial area of policing. It now documents how hate crime investigations have changed in an effort to better meet the needs of diverse communities. A significant legacy of Stephen Lawrence can be found in developments in policing relating to critical incident management, family liaison, community engagement and independent advice, third-party reporting, and changes in the way hate crime investigations are conducted, each of which are discussed in the various sections of this document.

Download PDF FileHate Crime Operational Guidance

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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.

By reporting a hate incident when it happens, you can help us to stop it happening again and we can ask you about any support that you or they may need. We encourage you to tell  person affected the police, but you can also go to one of our reporting centres. We have five reporting centres in Cornwall, where you can talk to trained staff about your experiences and they can give you help and support. They can also help you make a report to the police or any other organisation if you wish to or make a report on your behalf (this is called third party reporting). If you have seen it, experienced it, know about it or need help, tell us about it using any of the contacts provided on this website.

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

Our vision is to make Cornwall a welcoming place, where equality, freedom, fairness and opportunity are open to all. We want everyone to feel valued, to celebrate diversity and to understand people’s different needs and aspirations whether they are living, visiting or working here. Hate crime has a devastating effect on victims, their families and friends and impacts on whole communities. But we can all do something about it. Safer Cornwall is a partnership and our commitment to tackle hate crime means that many organisations have pledged to work together to: – Make it easier to report hate incidents – Provide help and support to victims and anyone else affected – Recognise and respond to hate crime better.

We do not want hate crime in Cornwall.










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