‘Hate’ can be any incident or crime, motivated by prejudice or hostility (or perceived to be so) against a person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability. It includes:
- A criminal offence where the law is broken is a hate crime
- An incident that is not criminal offences is a hate incident
What is hate crime?
Hate crime is an incident or crime which is perceived to be motivated by by prejudice or hostility (or perceived to be so) against a person’s:
- Race – nationality, ethnicity, skin colour and heritage
- Faith – religion, belief, non-religious belief
- Disability – physical, hearing and visual impairments, mental ill health and learning disabilities
- Sexual orientation – people who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or heterosexual
- Gender identity – people who identify as ‘trans’ including transgender or transsexual people
- Physical assault
- Damage to property
- Offensive graffiti
- Inciting hatred online
We are committed to tackling hate, no matter what form it comes in. We will deal with your report professionally and with consideration to your needs and wishes. No-one should have to live with fear, anxiety and consequences of hate.
For more information about hate read our leaflet here.
Put a stop to it
Even if you are unsure whether what you have experienced or witnessed was a crime, by reporting the incident, it enables us to support the victim, deal with it appropriately, work with our partners to better understand hate crime and ultimately, stop others becoming victims.
Call 101 or in an emergency call 999. You can also report Hate online, click here for the form.
Click here for more ways to contact us
Alternative agencies to report Hate
As well as the police you can also report hate to other agencies if you prefer. Please bear in mind this information will be passed onto us to investigate.
Reporting centres in Rotherham
Reporting centres in Sheffield
Reporting centres in Doncaster
Crimestoppers – Report anonymously on 0800 555 111. Anonymous reports will be brought to the attention of the police by the centres; however, an investigation may be limited when reports are anonymous.
Further information including links to other organisations and guidance on online reporting can be found at www.report-it.org.uk. This site also holds information which relates to specific groups, safety tips and other support resources.
As well as South Yorkshire Police there are a number of agencies that can support you if you have been a victim of a Hate crime.
Directory of Community Reporting Centres in Sheffield
Sheffield City Council Housing Service area offices
Housing offices at Burngreave, Darnall, Low Edges, Central, Enquiry point at Firth Park, First Point a Manor Library, First Point at Chapeltown, First Point at Hillsborough, Newfield Green, First Point at Crystal Peaks, Jordanthorpe, and The Sheffield Property Shop.
Full addresses and opening times available via the below website link
North – 0114 29 30000 South – 0114 205 3333
First Point Howden House
Union Street, Sheffield S1 2SH
Reports made at the customer service desk 0114 2734567
Heeley City Farm Safe Places
Richards Road, Sheffield S2 3DT
0114 250 5106 or 0746 482 8976
Sheffield Islamic Centre Madina Masjib Trust
24 Wolseley Road, Sheffield S8 0ZU
0788 638 8595
Sheena Amos Youth Trust
Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, Sheffield S1 4SE
0114 241 2728