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Reporting Hate Crime

Here are the first steps we would recommend:

1.Do you feel unsafe or was anyone physically hurt?

Call 999

2. Have you suffered verbal or physical abuse and want to report it?

  • Report a hate crime with True Vision  – www.report-it.org.uk
  • Call 101 or Text 18001 101 for non-emergencies or
  • South Yorkshire Police advice
  • West Yorkshire Police advice
  • Crimestoppers and the Fearless campaign – Report anonymously on 0800 555 111. Anonymous reports will be passed to police; however, an investigation may be limited where reports are anonymous.
  • If you experience or witness a hate crime at a sports club on on a school site, ask to speak to the safeguarding lead. You may also choose to contact the sport’s National Governing Body.

Local resources

Bradford  /  Bradford District Hate Crime Alliance

3: Do you know how to challenge hate crime?

A good bystander doesn’t just stand by, there are many things you can do to help victims of hate.

You can either help from the safe distance or get directly involved. Whatever you do makes a real difference.

It can be difficult to know what action to take, or whether help is needed at all. Remember that there are always safe and simple ways you can challenge hate without stepping out of your comfort zone. These include indirect and direct inteventions.

For more information, check out Stand by Me, a project developed by Communities Inc, a social enterprise passionate about tackling hate crime and inequalities.

4: Have you got another concern

Sport England Reporting or responding to a concern  https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/safeguarding/reporting-or-responding-concern

What is hate crime?

The police record any crime as a hate crime where the victim or any other person perceives it was motivated by hostility or prejudice towards their identity

The Active Partnerships of the Yorkshire and Humber region (Active Humber, North Yorkshire Sport and Yorkshire Sport Foundation) takes all matters of hate crime and discrimination seriously and is committed to responding to any concerns raised. In addition, we always recommend that hate crimes are reported to the relevant authorities and have included some links.

If you witness a hate crime, it is not always clear what action to take. One simple and safe method is to See, Report and Support.


What is a hate crime? First, it’s important that people have a good understanding of what a hate crime is, and how it differs to a hate incident:

Hate is any behaviour that you think is motivated by prejudice. The legal system recognises five types of hate crime on the basis of:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Disability
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Transgender Identity

Hate Crime

A hate crime is any criminal offence committed because of who the victim is, such as:

  • Assault
  • Criminal damage
  • Threats of violence

Hate Incident

A hate incident is any negative or hurtful behavious motivated by hate. It’s often harder to identify than a hate crime. Examples of hate incidents are:

  • Mocking or teasing
  • Name-calling
  • Stereotyping
  • Derogatory jokes and language

Clint’s Story: Watch Clint’s story of hate here.


Reporting a crime can be powerful in bringing about long-lasting change. It could stop it from happening again and send a strong message that hate won’t be tolerated. It can also help authorities in understanding the real picture of hate crime, enabling them to put the correct measures in place in the future.


Bystander Intervention

We understand that reporting a hate crime can be intimidating, and not everyone wants to report what they have experienced or witnessed. We believe that bystanders can play a powerful role in de-escalating hate by safely intervening when they witness hate or prejudice.

Indirect & Direct Interventions

Intervening doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds; a bystander can either help from a distance or get directly involved. We have two main models of intervention: direct and indirect. Indirect interventions are something you can do from a distance. This could be being a witness from a distance – you could give a statement on what you saw. You could simply ask the victim if they are ok.

Direct interventions are something you can do if you feel a little more confident – you could disapprove by shaking your head, distract by spilling a drink or even directly challenge the perpetrator. Ask, why are you doing that? How would you feel if someone did that to someone you love? These interventions can make a real difference to those facing hate and are based on the Bystander Effect, a phenomenon which make it easy for individuals to think that someone else will step in. However, because of this, those facing hate often receive no help.

This information was provided by Stand By Me, a project that empowers people to tackle hate and assist victims through safe bystander interventions. They also run the National Bystander Awareness Day (13th March 2023) campaign.

Click here for more information about Stand By Me and National Bystander Awareness Day.

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