Hate crime is any offence committed against a person or property which is motivated by the offender's hatred of people because they are seen as being different.

This can include incidents relating to:

  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or beliefs
  • disability
  • transgender/gender identity
  • sexual orientation
  • lifestyle

A hate crime can take many forms including:

  • verbal abuse
  • physical assault
  • threats
  • burglary
  • violence
  • graffiti
  • bullying
  • damage to your property or belongings
  • vandalism
  • harassment
  • offensive letters

In the Harrogate district, hate crime is not perceived as being widespread, but it is notoriously under-reported and therefore it is important to monitor all instances of hate crime, while providing opportunities for victims to report incidents and access the support they need.

To report a hate crime incident to North Yorkshire Police please call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency. 

Hate Crime Reporting Centres within the district allow victims to report incidents in a comfortable environment without having to speak to the Police. It is an alternative way of accessing support, guidance and information. All information is confidential, however if permission is given, your information can be passed on to the Police to allow them to monitor and investigate instances of hate crime.

The Harrogate district now has a number of Reporting Centres, in which Hate Crime Champions have been trained to deal with reports of hate crime.

Harrogate Community House, 46-50 East Parade, Harrogate, HG1 5RR
Citizens Advice Bureau in Harrogate
Citizens Advice Bureau in Ripon

Page last updated 10/10/2018