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Harassment and hate crime

What is harassment?

Harassment is a serious form of antisocial behaviour. It can take a variety of forms, but in general, it means a situation when someone behaves in a way towards someone else that makes that person feel intimidated, degraded, humiliated or offended.

If you are a council tenant and have been the victim of harassment please contact us in confidence.

What is hate crime?

Hate crime is any offence committed against a person or a person's property that is motivated by the offender's hatred of people because they are seen as being different. By reporting it, you may be able to prevent these crimes from happening to someone else. You do not have to be the victim. Anyone who is made aware of the incident can report it. Reporting makes a difference to you and your community. Don't suffer in silence.

A hate incident may include:

  • harassment
  • graffiti or damage to property
  • threatening behaviour
  • offensive telephone calls, texts, mail or email
  • physical assault
  • verbal abuse
  • bullying via social network sites
  • bullying at school/college or in the workplace

How to report hate crime to the police

To report an incident or crime you can use the following routes:


Telephone: 999

SMS/Text: 999 – if you are Deaf/hard of hearing or speech impaired

Non Emergency

Telephone: 101

SMS/Text: 67101 – if you are Deaf/hard of hearing or speech impaired

Online: Report a hate crime

Online: Make a 'third party' report


You can also report in person at any police station.


When this content has been updated

Last updated 31 July 2023