A crime or incident is classed as ‘hate’ crime or incident If the person the act is aimed at, or a person witnessing the act, perceives it to be because of any of the below characteristics of the victim.
A victim of a hate crime/ incident does not have to be a member of a minority group or someone who is generally considered to be vulnerable. Effectively anyone can be the victim of a hate incident.
Incidents may involve physical assault, damage to property, bullying, harassment, verbal abuse or insults, offensive graffiti or letters /text messages emails/ comments over social networks
Other options for reporting also being encouraged within the borough are known as third party reporting centres. These allow victims to report acts of hate confidentially.
National research has shown that incidents of hate crime are under-reported. safe & sound is committed to offering a variety of reporting mechanisms to ensure people are able to report in confidence where they feel most comfortable.
In Dudley the major reporting options include:
Dudley Council Plus – 0300 555 2345
True Vision – www.report-it.org.uk
Police – 0345 113 5000 – Nationally 101
Victim Support 0300 303 1977 – www.victimsupport.org.uk
IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL – 999
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Brierley Hill Police Station
Bank Street, Brierley Hill
(Please note no personal callers)