Hate crime (hate incidents)

A hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived as being motivated by a prejudice or hostility towards someone because of their:

  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or beliefs
  • transgender identity
  • sexual orientation 
  • disability

Incidents of hate crime can be directed at someone or their property, and can take many forms, including threats, verbal abuse or insults, physical attacks, graffiti or arson.

Report a hate crime

We are committed to taking action against incidents of hate crime. If you have been a victim of a hate crime, or want to report something that has happened to someone else you can report it to the police online, or by calling them on 101.

Call 999 if you're reporting a crime that's in progress, or someone is in immediate danger.

Or you can report an incident to Victim Support Sussex, a partner of West Sussex County Council:

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Page last updated: 19 August 2021

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