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Hate Crime

We take all forms of hate crime seriously and encourages any person suffering from, or witness to this type of crime to report it.

If you, or someone you know is being targeted, intimidated or abused because of age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race or ethnicity, then please report the hate incident to Merseyside Police on 999

If you wish to report a hate crime, but do not wish to speak to the Police, then Report Hate Crime to Stop Hate UK

To find out more information on the help available for victims of hate crime, or how you can help to stop hate crime please visit Safer St Helens

Help to eliminate hate - Sign the St Helens, No Place For Hate pledge

St.Helens Council observes Holocaust Memorial Day annually in remembrance of the victims of genocide.

St.Helens Council works with partners in the Hate Crime Reduction Partnership to record, respond to and reduce the number of hate crimes and hate incidents within the Borough.

St.Helens Council will not tolerate anti-Semitism, Islamophobia or religious bigotry in any form, and will take appropriate action against all such incidents.

Belsen Concentration Camp survivor Tomi Reichental's lecture at St Helens Central Library

A non-legally binding working definition of Antisemitism from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

non-legally binding working definition of Islamophobia from Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks)

Behaviour that a victim or any other person thinks was caused by hatred of;

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender Identity
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation

A victim of hate crime does not have to be a member of a minority group or someone who is generally considered to be vulnerable. For example, a person who is the friend of someone from a different ethnic group, a different sexual orientation or a disabled person may be discriminated against, threatened, harassed or victimised because of their association.

Hate crime can be actual or perceived and can include:

  • Verbal abuse, threats, insults, nuisance telephone calls, name calling
  • Physical assaults and violence, anything from pushing to serious attack
  • Property damage - graffiti, vandalism, theft, damage to vehicles, arson
  • Publishing and circulating materials such as leaflets that may incite hate crime

Hate crime attacks can be a combination of the above.

The latest video from Merseyside Police explains the importance of reporting hate crime.

Help to eliminate hate - Sign the St Helens, No Place For Hate pledge