We are now a Third Party Reporting Centre for Hate Crime for members of Leisure Direct. Our reporting team consists of:
Claire Smith, Sharon Harding, Gil Harding, Kath Oliver, Chris Plunkett and Pat Winsor.
If you feel you are a victim of hate crime then you can talk to any of the above people, directly to the police or report it online using the link at the bottom of the page.
Have you been intimidated, harassed, victimised or abused because of who you are or what you believe in?
If so, then you are a victim of hate crime.
A hate crime is any criminal offence that is motivated by hostility or prejudice based upon a victim’s disability, ethnicity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender identity.
Hate crime victims may experience:
• Physical assault
• People swearing or making abusive remarks
• Spitting or insulting gestures
• People doing things that frighten, intimidate or cause distress
• Bullying at school, college or place of work
• Having property stolen or damaged
• Disputes with neighbours
Hertfordshire Constabulary is keen to encourage victims and witnesses of hate crime to report incidents to police without fear and to reassure them that they will be taken seriously and treated with sensitivity. In fact if it can be proven that a crime committed against a person has been motivated by hate, offenders can face a lengthier sentence if the case goes to court. In addition to this, once a hate crime is reported and investigated, the Force works very closely with the Crown Prosecution Service to assist in the presentation of evidence throughout any court proceedings.
Incidents of hate crime can be reported via the non-emergency number 101. In an emergency, where there is an immediate threat to life or property always dial 999.
Alternatively hate crime can also be reported online through the True Vision website which all police forces and England, Northern Ireland and Wales are signed up to. The online report will then be forwarded to the relevant local police force.
True Vision provides information for victims and the public about what hate crime is, why it is important to report it when it happens and sets out the range of ways hate crimes can be reported, including via a new online reporting form. The site also provides links to organisations that can offer support and advice on hate crime related issues.
Access the True Vision website at www.report-it.org.uk