Uttlesford at the frontline in battle against hate crime and victimisation

Uttlesford HIRC

Uttlesford District Council has reaffirmed its status as a Hate Incident Reporting Centre (HIRC) - providing victims and witnesses of hate crime and incidents a place to make a report should they not want to go to the police directly.

'Hate crimes' are any incidents perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hostility towards a personal characteristic such as race, religion, gender, disability and sexual orientation. It can include verbal abuse, harassment, intimidation, threats, physical abuse and vandalism.

HIRCs are set up in communities to provide victims and witnesses of hate incidents a safe place to make a report. As part of Hate Crime Awareness Week (12 to 19 October) - a national initiative organised by the charity Stop Hate UK - the council is reminding residents of its status as a HIRC and that it has staff who are trained to be able to take reports and provide support for those who need it.

It is also letting people know about the different ways that they can report hate crime and the support services that exist to help those who are affected.

How to report a hate crime or hate incident

  • Visit the Uttlesford District Council Offices in Saffron Walden during opening hours or make an appointment by calling 01799 510510. Alternatively, complete a report form online at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/reporthatecrime
  • Contact Essex Police by telephoning 101 for non-urgent cases or 999 in an emergency, or for more information go to www.essex.police.uk (search for Hate Crime)
  • Report to Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625 (free 24-hour helpline) or 0808 801 0576 (for under 18s), or visit www.stophateuk.org. Stop Hate UK is a national hate crime charity that provides a free and anonymous, 24/7 reporting and information line to residents in Essex
  • Report online to True Vision, the England and Wales police national reporting site - www.report-it.org.uk
  • Report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

For information and support

Contact Victim Support, a national charity that provides free and independent practical and emotional support to victims of crime or traumatic incidents. Victims can access their services regardless of when the crime happened or if the police are involved:

  • Call Essex Victim Support on 0808 178 1694 (open 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)
  • Call the national, 24/7 Supportline on 0808 168 9111
  • Visit the website at www.victimsupport.org.uk

18 October 2019