Hate crime

What is hate crime?

A hate crime is any criminal offence where the victim or anyone else (e.g. a witness) believes that the victim has been targeted because of their difference, including:


  • disability
  • race, nationality or ethnic identity
  • religion/ belief
  • gender or gender identity
  • sexual orientation
  • age

By reporting hate crime, you may stop these crimes from happening to someone else. Reporting makes a difference to you and your community. Don’t suffer in silence.

How to report hate crime

Reporting to the Police

  • Call 999 if it is an emergency and you or anyone else is injured or in immediate danger or the incident has just happened.
  • Call 101 if a crime has already happened and you want to give information about a crime or speak to a police officer.
  • Report in person at the police station.
You can also report any crime anonymously to https://crimestoppers-uk.org/ or you can ring 0800 555 111.
At www.devon-cornwall.police.uk you can find out what Devon and Cornwall police are doing in your area and find out who your local neighbourhood Officers are.

Other ways of reporting

Contact Victim Support on their national helpline 0845 30 30 900

Report hate crime via the Plymouth council website 

To report homophobic incidents you can contact The Intercom Trust

Website: www.intercomtrust.org.uk/portal.htm

Phone: 0845 60 20 818 

To report racist incidents in Plymouth

You can contact Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality Council (PDREC: Tel: 01752 224555 Website: http://plymouthanddevonrec.org.uk

To discuss general information around hate crime prevention in Devon, contact dave.wright@devon.gov.uk

To find out more about hate crime, including information on dealing with cyber hate crime, visit Devon County Council’s web/wp-content/uploads/2015/07 http://www.devon.gov.uk/reporting-hate-crime