Third Party Reporting Mechanism for Hate Crime
Delivered by the Office of the PCC as:
Our 'Third Party Reporting Mechanism for Hate Crime' is delivered directly by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
What does the service offer?
The Hate Crime Network provides a means for victims of hate crime or any witnesses to report to them if they aren't comfortable reporting directly to the police. You can report via phone, website or through their app. They can then pass the report onto the police anonymously or support the caller to make a formal report to Thames Valley police directly.
What is Hate Crime?
Hate Crime is defined by the Criminal Justice system as:
'Any crime or incident which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice, based on a persons real or presumed religion, sexual orientation, race, gender identity or disability'
It might be that someone has shouted names at you, taken money from you or told them to buy you things when you didn't want to, it might also be that someone has physically hurt you or damaged your property.
Someone doesn't have to hate you to commit these crimes against you, they may only dislike the fact you are disabled or gay for example. This might be difficult to prove and you may try to ignore it but it is really important that you let someone know if you think you are being targeted.
It is sometimes hard to report incidents as you might be scared that things will get worse or don't know if it will be taken seriously, if you are worried or concerned get in touch with the 'Hate Crime Network' who can help to support you in taking it forward or just give some advice.
You can report hate crime to the Network by:
Phone: 0300 1234 148
App: You can also download our app to find out more about hate crime and to report it when and where it happens.
Please note: Hate Crime can still be reported directly to Thames Valley Police via 101 (non-emergency number) or 999 in an emergency.