Hate Crime

What is hate crime?

Hate crime is an incident or crime which is perceived to be motivated by by prejudice or hostility (or perceived to be so) against a person’s:

  • Race – nationality, ethnicity, skin colour and heritage
  • Faith – religion, belief, non-religious belief
  • Disability – physical, hearing and visual impairments, mental ill health and learning disabilities
  • Sexual orientation – people who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or heterosexual
  • Gender identity – people who identify as ‘trans’ including transgender or transsexual people

It can include things like:

  • Physical assault
  • Damage to property
  • Offensive graffiti
  • Arson
  • Inciting hatred online


Reporting hate and harassment may stop it happening again to you or your family, or to other people. It also sends a strong message to perpetrators, and would-be perpetrators, that this type of behaviour won’t be tolerated.

By reporting every incident, no matter how minor, we can make sure that they don’t turn into something much bigger. If you prefer, you can report an incident without giving your name, although this might make it more difficult to investigate.

If you’re a victim of hate and harassment, or you witness an incident, there are several ways to report it:

  • text 61009 starting with the word HATE and a short message saying what help you need
  • email [email protected] with the word HATE in the subject line
  • call 775656 (Barnsley Council) or 101 (police)
  • in person at a hate and harassment reporting point, where they’ll help you complete the online form (see table below)