What is a hate crime?

A hate crime is defined as ‘Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.’

A hate incident is any incident which the victim, or anyone else, thinks is based on someone’s prejudice towards them because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or because they are transgender.

Reporting a hate crime

Hate crimes come in many different forms and strike at the heart of communities. With everyone’s help, the police can tackle those responsible and keep our communities safe.


You can find out how to report a hate crime to the police in your area via their websites:

Metropolitan Police – Hate Crime

Hate crimes can be reported online anonymously via the True Vision website. True Vision is a dedicated Hate Crime information and reporting organisation established by the Association of Chief Police Officers.

If you are a victim of, or witness a hate crime / incident in a block or estate managed by NLM, or if you know it involves a NLM resident , please report it on 020 8815 4200

Other options for reporting hate crime and getting support (in addition to reporting to the police):

Crime Stoppers

Victim Support

GALOP (to report anti-LGBT hate crimes and incidents)

Tell MAMA (to report anti-Islamic hate crimes and incidents)

CST (to report anti-Semitic hate crimes and incidents)

Real (to report anti-disability hate crime in Tower Hamlets)

Inclusion London (a charity promoting equality for London’s Deaf and Disabled People)

Most local authorities also have information about hate crime and the help available on their websites.  Please visit their website