Hate crimes and incidents
A hate crime is a crime committed against someone because of their disability, gender identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. You should contact the police to report an incident of hate crime.
If you have been physically or verbally threatened or hurt because of your race, sexual orientation, gender, religion, age or disability then you have been the victim of a hate crime.
If you're the victim of or a witness to a hate crime, we want to hear from you so that we can stop this type of incident taking place in our borough.
Reporting hate crime
When it’s an emergency
If you or others are seriously injured or in immediate danger, you should call the police on 999.
When it’s not an emergency
If the crime isn’t happening right now, if the subject is no longer at the scene, and if no one has been seriously injured or is in immediate danger, there are other ways you can report it.
If no one has been seriously injured or is in immediate danger, you may prefer to report the hate crime online.
You can also contact Crimestoppers to give information about crime anonymously.
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We advise all victims of hate crime report it directly to the police by calling 999 in an emergency or 101 if you do not need urgent assistance. However, some victims may find it difficult to report hate crimes directly to the police, so you can report non-emergency hate crime to other organisations.
Stop Hate UK
Stop Hate UK supports people affected by all forms of hate crime. You can report a non-emergency hate crime online or call 0800 138 1625.
Tell MAMA supports victims of anti-Muslim hate and monitors anti-Muslim incidents. If you think a non-emergency hate crime was an anti-Muslim incident, you can report it online.
Citizens Advice in Barking and Dagenham runs a hate crime reporting service. You can report hate crime by phone on 020 8507 5969 or you can drop in to their office: Citizens Advice Barking and Dagenham, Barking Learning Centre, 2 Town Square, Barking IG11 7NB.
Victim Support gives emotional and practical help to those affected by crime. You can speak with an advisor using online chat or call the East London Victim Assessment and Referral Service on 0808 168 9291, option 2.
Hate crime documents Toggle accordion
Hate crime easy to read guide (PDF, 206.01 KB)
Hate crime - horror story (PDF, 1.73 MB)
Hate crime - word cloud poster (PDF, 80.49 KB)
Hate crime and mental health (PDF, 510.88 KB)
Hate crime large print (PDF, 86.81 KB)
Hate crime and young people (PDF, 2.30 MB)
Hate crime - Albanian (PDF, 714.21 KB)
Hate crime - Bengali (PDF, 672.86 KB)
Hate crime - English (PDF, 216.92 KB)
Hate crime - French (PDF, 817.33 KB)
Hate crime - Lithuanian (PDF, 806.15 KB)
Hate crime - Polish (PDF, 782.16 KB)
Hate crime - Portuguese (PDF, 750.53 KB)
Hate crime - Punjabi (PDF, 658.57 KB)
Hate crime - Somali (PDF, 812.73 KB)
Hate crime - Swahili (PDF, 729.14 KB)
Hate crime - Turkish (PDF, 790.79 KB)
Hate crime - Yoruba (PDF, 444.30 KB)