Hate Crime is any offence or hostility directed at individuals, groups and communities because of who they are or who someone thinks they are. 

It can include threats, physical harm, property damage and harrassment towards you, because of your race, religion, disability, sexuality, gender identity, nationality or ethnicity.

If you're not sure whether you have experienced an incident of hate, Stop Hate UK offers the following rule of thumb:  if you think it is, it is.

Reporting makes a difference to you, your friends & your community.St.Helens Against Hate

Research shows that there are higher levels of hate crime taking place than are currently reported - which means that some of the people in our communities who are being made to feel vulnerable or unsafe, are suffering in silence.

When you report hate crime, you WILL be taken seriously.
The Police will investigate all incidents of hate sensitively to decide whether a crime has been committed. If there is enough evidence to bring about a realistic prospect of conviction, it is more likely that a prosecution will be in the public interest. So in these cases, the court can increase the sentence. 

As well as getting the support you need, you can stop it happening to anyone else, by helping the Police to better understand the level of hate crime in your area & improve the way the Police respond to it.

Tackling Hate Crime

Merseyside Police have a dedicated team of specially trained officers who can help with reports of incidents of hate. Stop Hate LogoThis Unit is called PVPU (Protecting Vulnerable People Unit). They can be contacted Online, via 101, or in an emergency situation, you should always call 999 (if you feel like you are in immediate danger)

If you don't feel able to report an incident to the Police, the Police and Crime Commissioner has funded Stop Hate UK, a third party service, who are able to take reports of hate crime 24 hours a day, over the phone, online, in an email, in the post and you can even text them on: 07717 989 025 - someone is always available to support you!

The charity provides independent and confidential support to people affected by Hate Crime. There are a number of ways you can contact them;