Hate Crime


There is no place for HATE in Southend-on-Sea.

HATE CRIME…
Challenge It – Report It – Stop It
Being you is not a crime. Targeting you is.

‘Hate Crime’ is the generic term used to discuss both Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents.

Hate Crimes are any crimes perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice.

Hate Incidents feel like crimes and often escalate to crimes or tensions in a community.

Both are committed because of a person’s actual or perceived:

  • Race: including ethnicity, nationality or national origin, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.
  • Religion or belief: including no faith.
  • Sexual Orientation: including Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual.
  • Gender Identity: including transgender, non-binary and gender fluid.
  • Disability: including learning, mental health, physical or sensory disability.

Misogyny and Misandry: Essex Police are now recording Hate Crimes motivated by Misogyny and Misandry. If you should speak with anyone who has been a victim of crime, and the motivation was because they were a woman or a man then you can report this to Essex Police.

Misogyny as a hate crime is defined as incidents that are motivated by the attitude of men towards women. Examples of this may include unwanted or uninvited sexual advances; physical or verbal assault; unwanted or uninvited physical or verbal contact or engagement; sexual graphic and explicit obscene language and use of mobile devices to send unwanted or uninvited messages or take photographs without consent.

Misandry as a hate crime is defined as incidents that are motivated by the attitude of women towards men. Misandry exists as a type of prejudice against the male gender and can become apparent in various ways. It can exist in violent acts, sexual objectification, workplace discrimination and more.

Hate crime can take many forms including:

  • Threat of or actual assault.
  • Verbal abuse.
  • Inciting others to commit Hate Crime.
  • Intimidating behaviour or harassment, including online.
  • Damage to property, including arson.
  • Offensive leaflets, posters or graffiti.

Why should you report Hate Crime?

Hate Crime in any form is inexcusable.
By reporting Hate Crime, you can get help and support if you need it. If you tell someone what has happened – such as a friend, family member or agency – it gives you an opportunity to talk about what happened and decide what action to take. You may want someone to speak to the police on your behalf or you might decide to report using a different option. Anyone can report Hate Crime, regardless of whether they are the victim, witness, or are reporting on behalf of someone else.

There are several ways to report Hate Crime. You can:

Hate Incident Reporting Centres
Speak to a local Hate Crime Ambassador and report it at your local Hate Incident Reporting Centre (HIRC).

Hate Incident Reporting Centres are community venues offering confidential advice and support:

  • Southend-on-Sea Borough Council – 01702 215000
  • Estuary Housing – 01702 619893
  • Mencap – 01702 341250
  • Transpire – 01702 668060
  • Peabody – 01702 445870

Details can be found by searching ‘Hate Crime’ at www.essex.police.uk

You can also:

  • Speak to the police directly:
  • In person at a police station
  • By calling 999 for emergencies
  • By calling 101 for non-urgent enquiries.
  • Online – Report online to True Vision at www.report-it.org.uk
  • Report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 11
  • Call Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625 (free 24-hour helpline) or 0808 801 0576 (for under 18s) or visit their website: www.stophateuk.org/. Stop Hate UK are a national Hate Crime charity that provide a free 24/7 Hate Crime reporting and information line to residents in Essex.
For information and support:

    • Contact Victim Support, the national charity that provides free and independent practical and emotional support to victims of crime or traumatic incidents. Victims can access their services regardless of when the crime happened or if the police are involved:
    • Call Essex Victim Support on 0808 178 1694 (open 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri).
    • Call the national, 24/7 Support line on 0808 168 9111
    • Visit their website at www.victimsupport.org.uk.
    • For guidance on the Criminal Justice System visit: www.victimscommissioner.org.uk/victims-journey
    Find out about Restorative Justice:
    Restorative Justice or Mediation are when those harmed by a crime or conflict have contact with the person responsible to try and find a way forward. This is not an alternative to a court-imposed sentence.
    Visit: www.restorativeessex.co.uk for information.