Hate crime

Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018

Organised by 17-24-30 and Stop Hate UK, this week aims to bring people together to stand with those affected by hate crime, to remember those we have lost, and support those who need our ongoing support.

During this week, Leeds City Council and Police Services are working alongside key partners, and communities affected by hate crime to address local hate crime issues.

The campaign aims to spread a message of H.O.P.E:

  • Hate crime awareness - running awareness events to increase public knowledge
  • Operational responses to hate crime - encouraging people to think about how they would respond if hate crime happened to someone they know
  • Preventing hate crime where possible
  • Empowering communities to report hate crime and work together

Throughout the week a variety of events will be taking place across Leeds led by Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Police and Stop Hate UK. For more information on these events, view our Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018 events list (PDF, 248MB).

Hate crime is any crime that is targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s Disability; Race or ethnicity; Religion or belief; Sexual orientation; Transgender identity.

Anyone can report a hate crime or hate incident.

Hate incident reporting centres have been set up to help people living and working in Leeds who have been the victim of a hate incident. This scheme is operated in partnership with West Yorkshire police, Stop Hate UK and Leeds City Council. The centres are in a number of different locations around Leeds and are identified by the hate incident reporting centre signs. The majority are in neighbourhood housing offices, and one stop centres, but also within a range of community projects. All information given at a reporting centre is confidential and can be given anonymously.

Also included within the documents available to download/print off is a short 'One Minute Guide' explaining what a hate crime/incident is, why it should be reported and who it can be reported to. The guide includes a number of Frequently asked questions and a self-reporting form for those who want to submit a report to the council.

Hate Crime MARACs

This is a multi agency meeting chaired by Safer Leeds and includes partners from West Yorkshire Police, Stop Hate UK, Victim Support, social sandlords and other partners. There are 3 Hate Crime MARACs across the city who meet every 6 weeks. The meeting will look at hate crime referrals and identify/arrange support for victims, co-ordinate action against perpetrators and identify any neighbourhood work needed.