Hate crime

People who witness hate crime are encouraged to report the incident

Hate crime causes great distress to its victims and the wider community. Examples of hate crime may include: verbal abuse, property damage, violence, threats, offensive messages or other harassment.

Suffolk Police takes this type of crime very seriously and is committed to tackling it to make our communities safer.


What is Hate Crime?

Any criminal offence, which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s actual or perceived:

  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Physical or sensory disability
  • Learning disability or mental health
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity.


What does Suffolk Police do about Hate Crime?

It is the policy of Suffolk Police to record and investigate hate crime, and give high priority to the investigation of these incidents.

Full recognition is given to the fact that individual incidents, which may appear minor in nature to some, are far more serious when part of a pattern of behaviour directed at members of a minority group.

Suffolk Police uses a problem solving approach to seek long-term solutions using all the benefits of inter-agency and partnership working.

People who witness or are the victim of hate crime are encouraged to report the incident to the police as soon as possible.


Reporting Hate Crime

You can report Hate Crime directly to us online selecting “Report a Crime” from the menu.

You can report Hate Crime online, anonymously via True Vision

To report hate crime, please see ‘related sections’, where you can access our online reporting form.

If you prefer to speak to someone, please dial 101, where someone will be able to help you.

Always dial 999 when life is threatened or people are injured, or if there is a crime in progress or an immediate police response is necessary.

What is Suffolk Hate Crime Partnership?

This is a multi-agency group coordinated by Victim Support and commissioned by the Police & Crime Commissioner. The aim of the group is to:

  • Prevent hate crime happening by challenging the attitudes and behaviours that foster hatred, and encourage early intervention to reduce the risk of incidents escalating.
  • Increase the reporting of hate crime that occurs by building victims’ confidence to come forward and seek justice, and working with partners at local level to ensure the right support is available when they do.

For support contact: 0300 3030 165 or visit:  http://www.suffolkhatecrimepartnership.onesuffolk.net/

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