What is a hate crime?
Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a 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
- Transgender identity or perceived transgender identity
This means that if you feel you have been a victim of crime as a result of being targeted for one of the above strands, you can report it to us or the police as a hate crime.
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Impact of Hate Crime
If you have been a victim of hate crime you may feel many emotions that you are not sure how to deal with.
These could be:
Emotional – Uncontrollable crying, agitation, restlessness, shame, fear, nightmares, numbness, guilt, frustration and hopelessness
Behavioural – deterioration in personal relationships, paranoid-like guardedness, avoidance, isolation, detachment and loss of identity.
You may also have physical injuries or financial losses as a result of the crime. For example, there may have been an assault, or your property may have been damaged.
Everyone is impacted differently, and there is no ‘right’ way to feel after being a victim of hate crime.
This is why we offer tailored support to your needs to help you cope and recover from the effects of hate crime.
All of our services are free and confidential.
We have specially trained staff and volunteers across Wales who can provide emotional support for you and anyone else who may have been affected by the crime to help you cope and recover.
- We can make things easier by advocating with the police and housing.
- We can help make you feel safe again with personal and home security.
- We can signpost you to other agencies to ensure you have the best support in place.
You can call us free today 24/7 365 days a year on 0300 3031 982
You can email us at Hate.CrimeWales@victimsupport.org.uk
Reporting a Hate Crime
If you think you have been a victim of hate crime you can call your local police force to report it on
- 101 (non emergency) or
- 999 (if it is an emergency).
If you do not feel ready to go to the police you can also contact us on the above contact methods to report a hate crime, or you can fill in an online confidential reporting form by clicking here.