Hate crime is an act of violence or hostility directed at a person or group because of who they are or who someone thinks they are on the basis of their:
- Sexual orientation
- Transgender/gender identity
You don’t have to be hit for it to be hate crime. Hate crimes can include:
- Verbal Abuse
- Physical Abuse
“HATE CRIME is the term used to describe behaviour which is both criminal and rooted in prejudice.” – Independent Review of Hate Crime Legislation in Scotland – Summary Document
Hate Incidents can feel like crimes to those who suffer them and often escalate to crimes or tension in a community. For this reason the police are concerned about incidents and you can use this site to report non-crime hate incidents. The police can only prosecute when the law is broken but can work with partners to try and prevent any escalation in seriousness.
Reporting Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents through CSREC
CSREC is a Third Party Reporting Centre. Third Party Reporting is a way of reporting a crime, including Hate Crime and Domestic Abuse. This is a way of passing on information without, necessarily, having to talk to the police directly, if you so wish. CSREC reports Hate Crime to the Police Scotland on your behalf whether you are a victim, witness or carer. You can speak privately to a member of staff, and we will pass information relating to the incident/crime onto the police for them to investigate or record. CSREC provides Third Party Reporting as a free service, to Third Party Report Hate Crime please contact us by calling 01324 610950 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get in touch with you.
We are located at:
Community Education Centre
Falkirk FK1 1RE
or you can phone us on: 01324 610950
Click here to download a copy of CSREC’s guide to what hate crime is and how to report it as a victim or witness.
Should you want to report directly on the Police Scotland website you can do that by clicking here
For incidents that require an immediate response or urgency, Third Party Reporting is not suitable and you should make contact with the police. In such cases, the use of emergency number 999 is recommended.
The 101 non-emergency number will make it quicker and easier for you to contact the police when you don’t need an emergency response, for example to:
- Speak to your local police officer
- Report a crime that’s already happened, such as a theft or damage to property
- Get crime prevention advice
- Make the police aware of any policing issues in your area
Third party reporting
To ensure all victims/witnesses are able to report Hate Crimes, Police Scotland works in partnership with a wide variety of partners who perform the role of 3rd Party Reporting Centres. Staff within 3rd Party Reporting Centres have been trained to assist a victim or witness in submitting a report to the police and can make such a report on the victim/witnesses behalf.
Examples of 3rd Party Reporting Centres participating in the scheme range from Housing Associations to Victim Support offices and Voluntary Groups.
For a list of Third Party Reporting Centres in Central Scotland Click here to view or download