Hate crime - have you been a victim?

  • Have you been assaulted because of your race or religion?
  • Have you been picked on because of your disability?
  • Has someone damaged your property because of your sexual orientation?
  • Do people call you names in the street because you are transgender?

We want to know when either of these things happen to you,  to stop it happening again either to you or someone else, but most importantly, we need you to report it!

What is hate crime?

Hate crime is crime which is perceived to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards a persons race or religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Hate incidents are things that happen that do not amount to a crime but are perceived to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards a persons race or religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Hate crime isn't just physical abuse or violence and any incident can have a lasting effect on the victim.

South Yorkshire Police is committed to dealing with all levels of hate crime and with incidents that are motivated by hate but are not classified as crimes.

Don't tolerate it, report it

Even if you are unsure whether what you have experienced or witnessed was a crime, by reporting the incident, it will enable the police to work with other organisations to understand the extent of hate crime in your area, so they can better respond to it.

The easiest way to report matters to the police is by contacting us directly, either on the phone or by visiting your local enquiry desk.

You can also write to us by downloading a self-reporting form and sending to the Crime Management Unit at your local enquiry desk.

You can also report hate crime online.

We want you to speak to us when something happens but if you are not comfortable reporting the matter direct to the police then there are other organisations that can help in South Yorkshire where you can report hate crime, you may even do so anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Anonymous reports will be brought to the attention of the police by the centres, however an investigation may be limited when reports are anonymous. We want to speak to you and help.

We will deal with your report professionally and with consideration to your needs and wishes. Not only will we investigate the crime but we can assist with putting you in touch with other agencies who can support you.

Further information including links to other organisations and guidance on online reporting can be found at www.report-it.org.uk .This site also holds information which relates to specific groups, safety tips and other support  resources.

For a list of where you can report hate crime access our Hate Incident Recording Centres here.


Read DCI Mel Palin's blog about how we deal with hate crime.


Some alternative agencies for advice or reporting Hate Crime:

Crimestoppers - www.crimestoppers-uk.org - Tel: 0800 555111
True Vision - www.report-it.org
Victim Support - www.victimsupport.org.uk - Tel: 0845 30 30 900
Stop Hate UK - www.stophate.org - Tel: 0113 293 5100
Citizens Advice Bureau - www.citizensadvice.org.uk
REMA- www.rema-online.org.uk - Tel: 01709 720744
Tell Mama - www.tellmamauk.org
Rotherham Diverisyt Forum - www.rotherhamdiversityforum.co.uk - Tel: 01709 821 062