Hate Crime

Don't want to go to the police? You can report through SAYiT.

SAYiT is a third-party hate crime reporting centre, meaning that you can report incidences of hate crime through us if you don’t feel comfortable approaching the police.

Who can experience a hate crime?

A hate crime is a criminal offence targeted at someone due to prejudice or hatred towards their actual or perceived characteristics. These characteristics include:

  • Religion or belief
  • Race or ethnicity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
  • Disability

This means you can be a victim of hate crime if you a straight but are perceived to be gay by the perpetrator.

What counts as a hate crime?

Anything that is illegal!

  • Assault
  • Blackmail
  • Exploitation
  • Harrassment
  • Intimidation
  • Threat

Reporting a hate crime

It is really important to report a hate crime so that the police can recognise it as an issue and punish the perpetrators. There are different ways you can report a hate crime, whether you have been a victim, a witness, or are reporting on behalf of someone else.

In an emergency – call 999

Contact the police – get in touch with your local police force. Details of your local police force can be found here.

Third-party reporting centres – local agencies and organisations can report an incidence on your behalf as well as give you support and advice. A list of third-party reporting centres can be found here.

Remember that you can also report incidences of hate crime to SAYiT – we are a third-party reporting centre!

Crimestoppers – You can also contact Crimestoppers, the independent crime-fighting charity. You can report hate crimes by calling 0800 555111 or through their website.