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Hate Crime

We take all forms of hate crime seriously and encourage 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.

For 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 - join the #BetterThanThat campaign and stand up against hate crime.

No Place For Hate - the Leader of St Helens Borough Council, Councillor David Baines, on what we can all do to make St Helens a place where everyone can be themselves.

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

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

We have had a wide range of speakers from many organisations that challenge racism and remember the victims of genocide, including Our Warm Welcome, The Anne Frank Trust UK, Remembering Srebrenica, and Belsen Concentration Camp survivor Tomi Reichental, who gave a very moving lecture at St Helens Central Library.

Read a non-legally binding working definition of anti-Semitism from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

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

Download the Remembering Srebrenica presentation from Holocaust Memorial Day 2020.

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