Hate crime

What is Hate crime?

A hate crime is “any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s actual or perceived race, religion/faith, sexual orientation, disability, or transgender identity”.

  • Race (e.g. skin colour, ethnicity, citizenship)
  • Religion (e.g. faith, atheism, targeting religious premises)
  • Sexual Orientation (e.g. gay, bisexual, pansexual)
  • Transgender identity (e.g. transgender, agender, demi-gender)
  • Disability (e.g. learning needs, mental health, physical impairment)

Hate crime can take many forms:

  • Physical attack, damage to property, offensive graffiti, arson
  • Threat of attack, offensive letters or e-mails, abusive phone calls, offensive leaflets & posters, malicious complaints
  • Verbal abuse, insults, intimidation, abusive gestures, bullying at school or in the workplace

Reporting Hate Crime

If you are a victim of hate crime, or know of someone who is, please report it!

Essex police:  Essex Police - Report hate crime 


HIRC (Hate Crime Incident Reporting Centre) - Tendring Mental Health Support
Summit House, 14-16 Orwell Road, Clacton on Sea, CO15 1PP
Tel: 01255 429778
Mon – Fri  9am – 5pm
HIRC lead: Gaynor Jarrett Gaynor.jarrett@tmhs.org.uk
Specialist provision: Learning Disabilities and Mental Health.


Online form

Help and Advice

Essex Police 
Clacton - Divisional HQ
Non-emergency - 101 Emergency - 999

Victim Support
Tel: 0808 178 1694
A national charity with trained volunteers to contact people following a crime to offer a free confidential support and information.

Tacmep - Tendring & Colchester Minority Ethnic Partnership
Tel: 01206 769789 and 01206 500471
E-mail: info@tacmep.org.uk
Address: TACMEP, Winsleys House, High Street, Colchester, Essex. CO1 1UG
Seeking to promote and develop a better understanding of the minority ethnic communities in Tendring. They act as a conduit for local statutory bodies in consulting and engaging minority ethnic communities in the delivery of services.

Outhouse East
Tel: 01206 871 394
Email: info@outhouseeast.org.uk
Address: Outhouse East, 19 East Hill, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2QX
A charity to support LGBTQ+ people in Essex including free specialist counselling and hate crime reporting. They also signpost to more specific supporting charities.


Hate Crime Support Booklet (pdf 4MB)

Last updated on: 10/06/2022 - 15:55