2. Reporting a hate crime
A hate crime is any behaviour that someone thinks was caused by hostility, prejudice or hatred of:
- Disability (including physical impairments, Mental Health problems, learning disabilities, hearing and visual impairment)
- Gender identity (people who are transgender, transsexual or transvestite)
- Race, skin colour, nationality, ethnicity or heritage
- Religion, faith or belief (including people without a religious belief)
- Sexual Orientation (people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or heterosexual)
- Alternative Subculture/ Lifestyle (the way a person looks or dresses) - Groups that are described as subcultures often include punk rockers, ravers, metalheads, goths, emo and indie
There are lots of different types of hate crimes. These could include:
- Physical attacks - such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbour disputes and arson;
- Threat of attack – including offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls or text messages, groups hanging around to intimidate and unfounded, malicious complaints;
- Verbal abuse or insults – offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, offensive comments and/or name calling, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes and bullying at school or in the workplace.
Anyone can be a victim of hate crime or incident
A victim is any person who lives, works or visits Oldham and is subjected to a hate motivated incident or crime. A victim is also someone who witnesses another person being subjected to a hate motivated incident or crime.
A perpetrator or offender is any person who commits acts of hatred against other people because of their race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, faith or religion, age, gender, sexuality or disability.
Why you should report hate crimes
If you tell us what is happening, different agencies (such as the Police, Local Authority, charities and housing providers) can take action against the perpetrator and support victims and witnesses.
When you report hate crimes, you are making a bigger difference than you may think.
It helps you get support. It helps us make your local area safer.
Most hate crimes are not reported. Your reports help us to understand how hate crime affects your community and then tackle the problem.
Online hate crime
Find out what you can do about reporting online hate crime.
- Reporting online hate crime in the UK - Who is Hosting This website
Report a hate crime
Even if you are unsure you have been a victim of a hate crime it is important to speak to someone. You can report a hate crime to any of these agencies:
- Emergency: In an emergency you should phone 999
- Non-emergency: You can phone Greater Manchester Police on 101 or you can go to any police station.
If you don’t want to call the police or if you want extra support, you can call the Stop Hate Helpline.
- Phone 0800 138 1625 for the free confidential 24-hour hate crime reporting service.
You can also report a hate crime at a third party reporting centre.
A hate crime reporting centre allows you to report crimes without having to go directly to the police station. You can discuss your experience with a specially trained person to complete a Multi Agency Hate Crime reporting form.
The following are third party reporting centres:
2 Medtia Square
Tel: 0161 620 2992
Great Places Housing Group
119 Union Street
Tel: 0300 123 1966
First Choice Homes Oldham (FCHO)
Tel: 0161 393 7117
Greater Manchester Probation Trust
64 Bridge Street
Tel: 0300 047 8500
The Link Centre
140 Union Street
Tel: 0161 770 4786
Oldham Interfaith Forum
40 Union Street West
Tel: 0161 624 6733
50, First Avenue
Tel: 0345 602 1120
St. Chad’s Centre
Lime Green Parade
Tel: 0844 736 0066
The Honeywell Centre
Tel: 0161 621 3900
Highfield Industrial Estate
West End Street
Tel: 0161 628 4133
Tel: 0161 624 5214
Villages Housing Association
2 Fircroft Road
Tel: 0161 633 4060
Oldham Personal Advocacy Ltd. (OPAL)
1st Floor Millennium Centre
Featherstall Road North
Tel: 0161 633 5544
Oldham Library and Lifelong Learning Centre
Tel: 0161 770 8000
Tel: 01457 872472
Tel: 01457 872777
Tel: 0161 633 5764
Tel: 0161 770 5656
St. Chad’s Centre
Lime Green Parade
Tel: 0161 624 0351
Farrow Street East
Tel: 01706 8423184
Fitton Hill Library
Fir Tree Avenue
Tel: 0161 633 2011
Tel: 0161 633 1168
Networking in East Oldham Neighbourhoods
The George Tavern
Mahdlo Youth Zone
Tel: 0161 624 0111