Hate crime is increasing but is underreported
It is widely accepted that hate crimes are under-reported. Not all victims are comfortable with reporting their experiences directly to the police.
Hate Crime is defined as any criminal offence that is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate, based on a person’s actual or perceived race, religious belief, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity.
The Swindon Safeguarding Partnership has loads of information about hate crime including definitions and reporting alternatives.
The Wiltshire Police website also has a dedicated section on bullying including what it is and how to report it.
Remember that in emergencies you should call the police on 999. You should use 101 if it is a non-emergency situation.
You can report online at Wiltshire Police
You can also report hate crime at one of the following national independent reporting sites without revealing your personal details:
Wiltshire Victim Support – local version of the national service, including a helpline and online chat
Crimestoppers – a national charity with a free helpline for reporting crime anonymously
Tell MAMA – a national project supporting victims of anti-Muslim hate and monitoring anti-Muslim incidents
Community Security Trust (CST) – a charity protecting British Jews from antisemitism and related threats
Galop – a national charity providing advice and support to members of the LGBT community