Hate crime

Reporting hate crime is easy and can help save lives. If you are a victim, or a witness, of a hate crime please report it by visiting the Stop Hate UK website here or by one of the methods listed below:

Report hate crime

If you are a victim or a witness of a hate crime, please report it. Anyone can report a hate crime, and if you would prefer, you can report it anonymously.


In person

By telephone

  • Police on 101 (in an emergency call 999)
  • Use Text Relay/TypeTalk on 18001 101
  • Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625 or by texting 07717 989 025

Stop Hate app screenshotDownload the Stop Hate UK app

  • Take a picture, video or audio recording and upload it directly
  • Links directly to leading independent organisation or to the police in an emergency
  • Gives you a direct response (including the police)
  • GPS enabled to help plot the exact location of incident
  • Can be used anonymously
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Support for victims

When you have reported a hate crime, you may be referred to Victim Support. They offer free and confidential support, aimed at helping you to feel safer and find the strength to move forward after crime.
Even if you haven’t reported the crime, Victim Support can still help you.

You can contact them on 0300 303 1971 or for out of hours call them on 0808 16 89 111.

Email them at: supportline@victimsupport.org.uk  

What is a hate crime?

Hate crime is when someone breaks the law by hurting another person because of prejudice or hostility based on (or perceived to be based on) their:

  • race
  • religion or belief
  • disability
  • gender identity
  • sexual orientation

A hate crime could be:

  • name calling
  • arson/fire
  • attacks or violence
  • damage to property
  • graffiti or writing
  • online abuse

It can happen online, in the street, at school, college, work or at home. Victims might feel frightened, threatened or angry about the abuse. Hate crime will not be tolerated in Wakefield. If you see or experience hate, please report it – you will be taken seriously.

Stop hate – be a mate

Our campaign, delivered on behalf of Wakefield’s Safer Together Partnership, aims to reduce instances of hate crime, and to support people who may sadly experience it. 

Acts of kindness and consideration for others, including those who are different to us, can go a long way to helping people feel safe and supported.

Stop hate – be a mate poster competition 

We’re inviting children to design a new poster for our campaign. Fantastic prizes are on offer for the top three winning entries - a £100 voucher for the winner, a £75 voucher for second place, a £50 voucher for third place and £10 vouchers for ten runners up. The winning entry will be also used for the campaign over the next twelve months.

To submit an entry, children aged 10-13 (on 09/10/20) should create a design that depicts an act of kindness in the spirit of ‘Stop hate, be a mate’. 

Designs should be A4 size in landscape and can be created using any media including digital drawings, paint, collage or print. The design does not need to contain text; a written explanation can be provided with the entry if needed.

The competition opens on Wednesday 9 September, and all entries must be submitted by 12noon on Friday 9 October. Judging by the Mayor of Wakefield, Cllr Charles Keith will take place during National Hate Crime Awareness Week on Friday 16 October.

Please send entries using one of the following options:

Email: safercommunities@wakefield.gov.uk

Post: Freepost Wakefield Council – Communities

Remember to include the child’s full name, age, address and a parent or carer’s contact number on the back of the entry or within the email.