Hate Crime is any offence or incident committed against
individuals, groups and communities because of who they are.
It is an act motivated by someone's prejudice towards another
person because of his or her age, disability, gender identity,
race, religion or belief or sexuality.
Acts of Hate Crime
There are many different forms of hate crime, including;
- physical assault
- damage to property
- verbal abuse
- obscene telephone calls
Tackling Hate Crime
Merseyside Police have a dedicated Hate Crime Investigation
Unit, who is experienced in dealing with incidents Hate Crime. This
Unit is called PVPU (Protecting Vulnerable People Unit).
In St.Helens, Stop Hate UK is the main
alternative to reporting Hate Crime to Merseyside Police. Stop
Hate UK is a charity that provides independent and confidential
support to people affected by Hate Crime.
Victims of hate crime are often reluctant to report crimes
committed against them due to embarrassment or fear of repeat
attacks.If you have been affected by Hate Crime, there are a number
of support agencies in place to offer advice and guidance,
Stop Hate UK
There are a number of ways you can contact Stop Hate UK:
101, or in an emergency call 999
The Hate Crime Investigation Unit, SIGMA, can be accessed via the
Merseyside Police main switchboard.
See the Friend or
Fake leaflet for information on how to stop
the exploitation of people with learning disabilities by people who
claim to be their friends. This may take a few moments to open.
Join the list of supporters who have pledge their support for
our No Place for Hate Campaign. The more people who pledge, means
that more noise is being made about hate crime - helping to raise
awareness and break down the silence that surrounds the crime.
Many agencies exist to support victims of hate crime download
the list hate crime support services
0151 353 4025
Call the Merseyside Victim Care Team for help, support and
information. All offices are open Monday to Friday from 8am to
You can also report hate crime online, by completing the below