Hate crime relates to any crime which is motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someone’s disability, transgender identity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, sex or gender. Hate crimes have a huge impact on people and communities, causing hurt, fear and tensions and making people feel unsafe and unwelcome.
Hate crimes include harassment, intimidation, threatening behaviour, verbal abuse, assault, damage to property and encouraging others to commit hate crimes.
Hate incidents are any actions which aren’t crimes but which cause hurt to people and communities. They may escalate and lead to hate crimes.
The number of hate crimes reported to the police in Devon has increased by over 20% in just the last year. We all have an important role to play to ensure that nobody within our communities feels intimidated, threatened or harassed.
What we are doing to end hate crime in Devon
Safer Devon partners have signed the ‘Zero Tolerance to Hate Crime’ pledge and are working to remove hate crime from our communities. We work with partners to increase the awareness, reporting and prosecution of hate crimes and support local and national campaigns.
HELP AND SUPPORT
If you believe that you, or anyone else, has been a victim of a hate crime or incident, please report it:
- Report to the police by calling the non-emergency number 101 or report online
- If you or someone you know is in immediate danger contact 999
If you do not feel comfortable reporting hate crime to the police you can:
Victim Care Network
Directory of local support for victims of crime, harassment and exploitation.