If you're targeted because you are believed to be disabled, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or from a particular race or religion, this is a hate crime and you don't have to put up with it.
It can involve verbal abuse, harassment, violence, damage to property, theft, sexual offences or inciting hatred.
Hate crimes or hate incidents can take place anywhere – at home, in the streets, at work, online or at school. No-one should have to live with the fear, anxiety and consequences of hate.
Reporting it when it happens will help us to deal with it and may prevent these incidents from happening to someone else. You will also help us understand the extent of hate crime in your local area so we can better respond to it.