Stop Hate UK is a charity that provides independent and confidential support to people affected by Hate Crime. You don`t need to give your name if you do not wish to. Your details will only be passed to the Police if you give consent – Now here to cover the Wakefield District

Hate Crimes happen because of hostility, prejudice or hatred of:

  • sexual orientation
  • gender identity
  • disability
  • race, ethnicity or nationality
  • religion or belief

They include things like name calling and verbal abuse, bullying and harassment, spitting and physical attacks, damage to property, graffiti, and written notes, emails and text messages

STOP HATE UK provide 24 hour support to people who have been affected by Hate Crime. Victims and witnesses can contact us by phone, text, post or online to report Hate Crimes, access support, and get information.

Why report? It is estimated that up to 80% of hate crime is unreported, especially from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community (LGBT). There are many reasons for this, historically, there has been mistrust of the Police and many have experienced poor handling of reported incidents or the feeling that nothing happens anyway if reported, however, the Police have been working hard in recent years to improve their services. Also, if a person is not “out”, then the chances they will report any incidents are very low.

The problem with not reporting incidents is that the incidents may carry on, if an incident is reported, even if you don`t want the Police to actually do anything, this give a picture of what is happening and services can be put in place to address the problem, but Police need this information first. The good thing about STOP HATE UK is that you don`t have to contact the Police yourself and they will ask you if you want the Police involved.

How STOP HATE UK works – what can you expect

  • You can phone, text, email, chat online 24 hours 7 days a week or fill in an online reporting form.
  • Experienced staff will support you through the process, all calls will be treated confidentially
  • You can decide if you want the Police informed
  • Support is available from various organisations if you wish (Yorkshire Mesmac)
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