Everyone in our county should be allowed to live their lives free from harassment and the fear of hate crime.
Hate crime causes great distress to its victims and we are committed to investigating all crimes and incidents motivated by hate, supporting victims and bringing offenders to justice.
A hate crime is a criminal offence which is thought by the victim, or anybody else, to have been committed against a person because of their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.
A hate incident is behaviour which is thought by the victim, or anybody else, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on someone’s age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.
A hate incident is behaviour which is thought by the victim, or anybody else, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on someone’s race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, alternative subculture or disability.
Not all hate incidents will amount to criminal hate offences, but it is equally important that these are reported and recorded.
Evidence of the hate element is not a requirement. You do not need to personally think the incident to be hate related. It can be anyone’s perception that there is a hate motivation.
Why report hate crime?
The more information we gather on hate crime, the more we know about these types of crimes and who commits them. All this important information is gathered and continuously reviewed to enable us to work together to reduce, prevent and stamp out hate crime.
How to report hate crime
If you have witnessed or been a victim of hate crime you make a report by:
- Using our online reporting portal or via True Vision’s website
- Visiting a Third-Party Reporting Centre
- Calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
- Calling us on 101 or;
- In an emergency, dialling 999
Help and support
If you’re a victim of a hate incident or crime, specialist Hate Crime Advocates from Lancashire Victim Services will be able to support you and provide expert advice.
They offer free, confidential, person-centred care that can help you with the emotional and practical guidance you need.
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