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?
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: