There is a difference between hate crime and a hate incident:

  1.  Hate Crime – A hate crime is defined as any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice because of a protected characteristic (see below).
  2.  Hate Incident – A hate incident is any non-criminal incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice.

The key term associated with both definitions is “perceived” – where the victim or another person feels the victim has been targeted because of a protected characteristic. Such characteristics include: disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.

Safer Devon supports the work that Devon & Cornwall Police conducts to help the public understand what hate crime is and how to report it if they encounter it – either as a victim or witness.

Safer Devon supports national and localised awareness raising campaigns and initiatives that highlight key messages and developments in hate crime reporting and prosecution. For more information about these campaigns and initiatives, please follow the link below.


Safer Devon urges all hate crimes to be reported to Devon & Cornwall Police. 

Emergency : 999

Non-emergency : 101*

Report online


Or report anonymously to Crime Stoppers.

0800 555 111


The Devon Approach

With Devon & Cornwall Police, partner agencies and community leaders across Devon are working to prevent hate crime, support victims and deal with perpetrator(s) in the most appropriate manner. The principle of this approach in tackling hate crime focuses on five key areas:

Preventing hate crime

We deal with the beliefs and attitudes that can lead to hate crime. Our aim is to challenge those attitudes that can lead to discrimination and divisions within our community.

Increase reporting of hate crime

We continue to work to make it easier for those affected by hate crime to report incidents including through third-party reporting centres.

Responding to hate crime

With the aim of reducing the number of hate crime incidents we respond in a timely and effective manner. Using gathered data, we focus on high risk environments for hate crime, including public transport, the night-time economy and the internet.

Improving support for victims of hate crime

Research has shown that hate crimes cause victims greater distress than crimes without the same motivation. We work with key agencies to ensure that victims are provided with suitable support from the time of the crime, through the criminal justice system.

Building our understanding of hate crime

To tackle hate crime, we must understand the scale and nature of the problem. We keep, monitor and review data on hate crime; working with other agencies to improve our understanding of the drivers behind hate crime and how they can be addressed.


Crime Stoppers

Providing anonymous channels for the public to give information about crime they fear is happening in their community.

0800 555 111

Anonymous Form

Devon & Cornwall Police

Emergency Telephone: 999
Non-emergency Telephone: 101*

Deaf/hard of hearing or speech impaired
Emergency SMS/Text: 999 To register your mobile for the Emergency text 999 service please follow this link Emergency SMS
Minicom/textphone number: 18000

Non-emergency SMS/Text: 67101
Minicom/textphone number: 18001

Stop Hate UK

Stop Hate UK provides independent and confidential reporting and support for victims, witnesses and third parties.

24 hour helpline : 0800 138 1625
LGB&T hate : 0808 801 0661
Disability hate : 0808 802 1155

Report using BSL : Click here
(username and password are ‘stophate’)

You can view and download the latest campaign materials on hate crime here.