Hate crimes and incidents of hatred or hostility based on someone race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability.

Hate crimes often go unreported.

Any hate crime is a crime - being different isn't. Reporting makes a difference - to you, your friends and your community.

We want and need to hear from victims and witnesses to help us take appropriate action and support those affected.  

Some examples of hate crime:

  • Name-calling or verbal abuse
  • Harassment, like constantly knocking on the door or throwing eggs at windows
  • Bullying or intimidation by children, adults, neighbours or strangers
  • Physical assault, for example hitting, punching, pushing, spitting, violent words
  • Damage to property
  • Threats of violence
  • Upsetting online comments, for example on Facebook or Twitter

... just because of your own or someone else's

  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
  • Disability

So what are we doing about hate crime?

We are committed to investigating all crimes and incidents motivated by hate, supporting victims and bringing offenders to justice.   

We have specially trained Hate Crime Advisors working across the county to support victims.

What do our Hate Crime Advisors do?

Identifies groups that could be vulnerable to hate incidents and crimes and works with them

  • Makes contact with victims of hate incidents or crimes

  • Signposts and works with support agencies to provide relevant and appropriate support to victims
  • Liaises with investigating officers

All Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers can help support victims of hate crimes.

How to report it

If you are a victim of hate crime we urge you to contact us.  We can offer you advice, support and follow up visits.

You can report hate crime by calling us on 101 or 999 in an emergency, or visit a police station. 

Read our handy leaflet on challenging and reporting hate crime:

 Icon for pdf Wiltshire Police reporting hate crime: know the facts and who can help [430.81KB]

If you'd prefer not to report it directly to us:

Reports made to True Vision will be securely routed to our 24 hour Crime & Communication Centre. You will receive an acknowledgement within 24 hours and we will contact you to discuss your issues in due course.

What is disability hate crime?

Hate crimes and incidents are any crime or incident which is targeted at a victim because of the offender's hostility or prejudice against an identifiable group of people.

So any incident or crime, which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated because of a person's disability or perceived disability, will be recorded as such. This can be committed against a person or property.

Some things to remember:

  • It's wrong for anyone to have prejudice or hostility for other people
  • It's wrong for anyone to hurt you or make you feel unsafe
  • It's wrong for anyone to take or harm your things
  • It's wrong for anyone to treat you badly for who you are
  • If anyone does any of these to you because they do not like disabled people, this is a disability hate crime

Someone may have a disability if they:

  • Find it hard to move around - physical disability
  • Don't hear or see or find it hard to hear or see - sensory disability
  • Find it hard to learn some things - learning difficulty or disability
  • Do not feel well in their minds at times - mental health

For further information

Icon for pdf Download True Vision's Disability Hate Crime Leaflet [3.92MB]

How to report disability hate crime

If you are a victim of disability hate crime we urge you to contact us.  We can offer you advice, support and follow up visits. 

You can report hate crime by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency, or visit a police station.

If you'd prefer not to report it directly to us:

Use True Vision's online reporting facility

Call  Victim Support on their 24/7 Supportline on 08 08 16 89 111, or visit their website

Call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111  or visit their website

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