FRESh defines a hate incident as:
“…where a person or group of people is insulted, harassed, belittled, or attacked because those doing so dislike or hate what they think the victim is, based on seeing them as ‘other’, or ‘not like us’, or as in some way less than themselves.”
There are a number of ways to report hate incidents in Shropshire; in person, by phone, using email, an online form or by post.
There are community reporting centres which are not run by the police. These are being reviewed at the moment, but we list the ones we are aware of.
If you experience or see hate on social media, you can contact the provider of that social medium directly.
If you also report it locally that will help in building a picture of hate experienced in Shropshire, which means prevention can be more focused.
If you need support as a victim or a witness, contact Victim Support West Mercia on 01905 726 885 or nationally on 0808 168911 (free and confidential).
It is important to report a hate incident
- even if the incident might seem small or trivial at first
- even if this sort of incident happens regularly
- even if you don’t know the victim
- even if you don’t know the perpetrator
- even if you know neither the victim nor the perpetrator
- even if you don’t want to give your name, the victim’s name or the perpetrator’s name
- even if you’ve only heard about it from someone else
- even if you don’t want the police involved
- even if you don’t want any action to be taken.
Reporting helps build a picture of what happens in our communities.
Your report helps prevent hate from happening again.
Reporting can be done anonymously and the police don’t have to be involved.
It is up to you whether you give your name, the victim’s name or the perpetrator’s name.
It is up to you whether you want any action to be taken.