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Have you been affected?

If you believe you have experienced hate crime - report it. Please don't suffer in silence.

Speak to Kent Police, a relative, carer, friend or your teacher. It's important to report hate crimes. Everyone has the right to live free from fear, prejudice and violence, regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or any other difference. By reporting hate crime you could prevent it from happening to someone else.

If you experience it, witness hate crime, or know someone who has experienced hate crime - please report it to the police – in an emergency call 999 or, in a non-emergency call 101. You can also report it online

How can Kent Fire and Rescue Service help?

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If you or someone you know has experienced hate crime, even if fire hasn't played a factor, we can help. Together with Kent Police and other agencies, we can support you or them to feel safer at home through the fitting of smoke alarms, letterbox security devices and tailored advice regarding security and fire safety. Please talk to us. 

For more information about a Safe and Well Visit; call 0800 923 7000 or email


Partner agency referrals

If you are a partner agency making a referral for someone else, find out more here and complete the agency referral form.

What is hate crime?

Crimes and incidents of hatred or hostility based on someone's race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability.

Hate crimes often go unreported. Any hate crime is a crime, but being different isn't. Reporting makes a difference - to you, your friends and your community.

Examples of hate crime might include:

  • Name-calling or verbal abuse

  • Harassment, like constantly knocking on the door or throwing eggs at windows

  • Bullying or intimidation by children, adults, neighbours or strangers

  • Physical assault, for example hitting, punching, pushing, spitting, violent words

  • Damage to property including arson

  • Threats of violence

  • Upsetting online comments, for example on Facebook or Twitter

Why report hate crimes?

Hate incidents and hate crimes are cowardly and unacceptable and no-one should have to put up with this sort of abusive behaviour.  As well as the person who experiences hate crime, such offences can also affect family members and sometimes a whole section of the community.

There are many other ways to report hate crime. The important thing is that you tell someone about it. 

You can report online via the True Vision website which is especially dedicated to hate crimes and hate incidents. 

Alternatively, you can contact other organisations for support and advice:  

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