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.

Wakefield Hate Crime Strategy 2020 – 2023

Tackling hate crime is one of the priorities within the Wakefield Community Safety Partnership plan and for the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire. Wakefield work with a number of key partners including the Police, Wakefield District Housing, health services, and local communities including elected members to deliver the local strategy. You can view the strategy here. 

Wakefield Hate Crime Strategy 2020 - 2023

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.