Reporting a hate crime | Oxfordshire County Council

Reporting a hate crime

A hate crime is a criminal offence.

It can take many forms including physical assault, offensive graffiti, verbal abuse, offensive online content, criminal damage, abusive gestures, and more. Hate crime is often motivated by someone's prejudice against another person's:

  • Race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origins
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Disability
  • Sexual orientation

How to report a crime  

If you are a victim of, or witness to, a hate crime, you should contact the police on 999 in an emergency, or 101 in a non-emergency. You can also call the Stop Hate Line on 0800 138 1625.

If you prefer to report a hate crime via an alternative organisation, get in touch with the Hate Crime Network, for free, on 0300 1234 148. The Hate Crime Network is third party reporting system working across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. If you would prefer not to talk to the police or the Hate Crime Network, you can still report hate crime confidentially, by calling Crimestoppers, for free, on 0800 555111 or via the Crimestoppers website.

Online hate crime

If you see content online – including pictures, videos or music – being used to incite hatred to others, report it to the police using this online form. Even if the content online isn’t necessarily illegal, you can still ask that it is removed. To do this use the ‘report this page’ option on the website in question or report the content to the web hosting company, if the content isn’t removed. Find out who is hosting the website by using this free online resource.

Last reviewed
07 June 2017
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