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Hate crime

Uttlesford Community Safety Partnership works alongside Uttlesford District Council to reduce occurrence of all hate crimes and provide an appropriate response to any reports received.

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We actively encourage you to report all hate crimes and incidents.

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A hate crime can be assessed at Uttlesford District Council Offices between 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Alternatively, you can make an appointment by calling 01799 510510 and asking to speak to a Hate Crime Ambassador.

Crimes committed against someone because of their disability, transgender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation are hate crimes and should be reported to the police.

Hate crimes can include:

  • threatening behaviour
  • assault
  • robbery
  • damage to property
  • inciting others to commit hate crimes
  • harassment
  • online abuse

Hate crimes occur when people are not aware of all of the facts.

They may be reacting to what they see or hear through the media or from their friends and family. Often people don't realise that they cause harassment and distress to people by their actions.

Some people carry out hate crimes because their friends tell them to or the people around them think it's a good idea.

Report a hate crime

If you are a victim or witness of a hate crime or incident you should report it. All reports will be treated seriously.

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

For all other incidents of hate crime. You can:

You should report all hate crime, whether you're the victim, a witness or are making the report for someone else.

Hate crime involving a council tenant

If you're a council tenant or the person responsible for the hate crime is a council tenant you can:

Hate crime involving a council employee or contractor

If the person responsible for the hate crime is a council employee or one of our contractors you can:

We will need to be able to contact you to discuss the incident.

Your information will be treated in confidence and will be used to provide a co-ordinated response to hate crimes within the district.

In order to investigate properly any reported hate crime, we will need your co-operation.

Other ways to report hate crime

You can also report hate crime to:

  • your registered social landlord
  • private landlord
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • a solicitor

Please do not suffer in silence.

LGBT+ hate crime helpline

A helpline is now available for anyone who has experienced anti-LGBT+ abuse, violence, or harassment.

The LGBT+ Hate Crime Helpline provides support and advice and is available Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.

Tel. 020 7704 2040 or email

It is open to anyone in the UK who has experienced anti-LGBT+ violence, abuse or harassment and needs a safe space to talk.

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Many hate crimes go unreported because people do not always know how to report it.

Victims may feel embarrassed or even scared they will be attacked again. Sometimes they are worried at how they will be treated by the police or other authorities. But without reports, hate crime can become worse and it's far harder to stop those responsible.


Hate crime is unacceptable behaviour and should not be tolerated in our communities. Without reports from witnesses the chances of catching those responsible are greatly reduced. Your report will help us act to stop those committing these offences.

Can I remain anonymous?

If you don't give us your details we can't get in touch to give you support, get the police involved, prosecute those responsible or give you advice and information. But you don't have to tell us who you are or where you live. By giving us the information about what happened, you are helping us to see what's going on in Uttlesford so that we can tackle the problems.

What are we doing?

We work in partnership with Essex Police, Victim Support and other statutory and voluntary sector groups to prevent and reduce hate crime by:

  • holding Safer Working, Healthier Communities group meetings with partner agencies to provide support for victims, tackle perpetrators and share information across different agencies
  • working closely with Essex Police's Domestic Abuse and Hate Crime Unit, to develop strategies and engage with communities
  • providing a specialist hate crime support service through Victim Support Essex which offers practical and emotional support to victims in person or by phone (0808 178 1694)

Other useful numbers and websites

Action on Elder Abuse
0800 808 8141
Charity giving help and information about the abuse of older people including abuse by family members and partners.

Age UK Essex
01245 346106

0207 403 0888 (Confidential line)

Autism Anglia
01206 577678

Counselling Directory
0844 8030 236
Directory of counselling services in the UK.

0800 555 111
A charity where you can call anonymously to report crimes verbally or report on line. Your call cannot be recorded or traced.

NHS West Essex (Epping Forest, Harlow, Uttlesford)
0800 783 3396

The Samaritans
08457 909090

Action 4 Men
07798 608106
This is a project that supports the sexual and general health issues for gay men, bisexual men and other men who have sex with men.