How do I report a hate crime?
Even if you're unsure you have been a victim of a hate crime, it's important to speak to someone.
If it's not an emergency, call Greater Manchester Police on 101 or go to any police station. If you don't want to call the Police, you can report hate crime and anti social behaviour by contacting our contact centre on 0300 303 8878.
What is hate crime?
A hate crime is any behaviour that someone thinks was caused by hostility, prejudice or hatred of:
Alternative subculture including Goths, Emos, Punks and Metallers
Disability including physical impairments, mental health problems, learning disabilities, hearing and visual impairment.
Gender identity includes people who are transgender, transsexual or transvestite.
Race, skin colour, nationality, ethnicity or heritage.
Religion, faith or belief, including people without a religious belief.
Sexual Orientation, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or heterosexual.
There are lots of different types of Hate Crimes. These could include:
Physical attacks - such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbour disputes and arson.
Threat of attack - including offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls or text messages, groups hanging around to intimidate and unfounded, malicious complaints.
Verbal abuse or insults - offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, offensive comments and/or name calling, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes and bullying at school or in the workplace.
A victim is any person who lives, works or visits the borough of Rochdale and is subjected to a hate motivated incident or crime. A victim is also someone who witnesses another person being subjected to a hate motivated incident or crime.
A perpetrator or offender is any person who commits acts of hatred against other people because of their race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, faith or religion, age, gender, sexuality or disability.
What is mate crime?
Mate Crime involves someone befriending a person in order to abuse them.
Why should you report hate crimes?
If you tell us what is happening, the Police, Community Safety Partnership and other organisations like charities and housing providers can take action against the perpetrator and support victims and witnesses. When you report hate crimes, you are making a bigger difference than you may think. It not only helps you get support but It also helps us make your local area safer. Most hate crimes aren't reported and your reports help us to understand how hate crime affects your community and then tackle the problem.