A hate incident is any incident which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility, hate or prejudice. If a hate incident breaks the law, it becomes a criminal offence and therefore a hate crime.

Nationally recognised strands of hate crime: ​
  • Disability​
  • Race​
  • Religion​
  • Sexual orientation​
  • Transgender identity
Additional strands recognised in Nottinghamshire: ​
  • Misogyny​
  • Alternative subculture​
It can disguise itself under many different names (homophobia, Islamophobia or racism to name a few) but, whichever name it's taking, it's still wrong and we can take action against offenders. All hate crime is serious: everyone has the right to live their life without fear of prejudice, discrimination and hate.

Some hate crimes are obvious, such as openly racist attacks. Others are less obvious, such as name-calling, teasing and bullying. Some are aimed at whole communities, some are targeted at individuals. Some involve attacks on people or attacks on buildings. The important thing is that, if it's happening because of who you are, then it needs reporting. 

We are here to support you, regardless of whether you wish to report or not.  Please look at the information on support which will explain the different help available to you. 

There are two ways you can tell us what happened