Hate crime

Tower Hamlets Council works closely with the police and other agencies to prevent all forms of hate crime, take action against offenders and support and protect victims. We encourage anyone who is the victim of, or witness to, hate crime to report it immediately. This is vital to ensure that offenders are brought to justice – we will not tolerate hate crime.

What is a hate crime?

Hate crime is any criminal offence where anyone believes the victim has been targeted because of their:

  • disability
  • race or ethnic identity
  • religion/belief
  • gender or gender identity
  • sexual orientation
  • age
  • immigration status or nationality
  • or any other perceived aspect of their identity.

Hate crime can also include:

  • physical attacks – pushing and shoving to serious assaults
  • verbal abuse – using derogatory or insulting words 
  • threatening behaviour, bullying and intimidation 
  • damage to property – including offensive graffiti
  • harassment
  • malicious communications – threatening or offensive mail, texts or emails 
  • damage to property and violence
  • hate can also be directed at whole communities – for example, vandalism of places of worship, or offensive graffiti in public places.

Hate incidents are incidents that do not constitute a criminal offence but cause alarm, distress or harassment where anyone believes the victim has been targeted because of their race/ethnicity, religion/belief, gender/gender identity, disability, age, sexual orientation or any other actual or perceived difference.

Reporting hate crime

Anyone can report hate crime.

If there is an emergency, call the police on 999 – particularly if an incident is still happening or has just happened.

  • Report it to the police – call 999 (emergency), 101 (non-emergency)
  • Report to your landlord or housing provider
  • Callers have the option of reporting an incident anonymously. We encourage victims to provide personal details that can help the investigation. Any evidence can help the council or police in the investigation process especially:
  • a description of the perpetrator(s)
  • details of any witnesses to the incident
  • a diary record of any ongoing incidents and previous incidents you have experienced
  • original copies of any hate mail that has been sent to you
  • evidence of damage to property, graffiti etc. It is advisable not to clear these up before reporting the incident if possible.

If you don’t have any evidence, we still encourage you to report hate crime.

Pledge against hate

Do you want to end hate in Tower Hamlets? Do you want to contribute to creating an environment where everyone can enjoy living, working and visiting Tower Hamlets - free from fear, intimidation and attack?

The 'No Place for Hate Campaign Pledge' launched December 10, 2008, World Human Rights Day and the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Everyone has a part to play. Organisations and individuals can sign the pledge against hate. The No Place for Hate Campaign Pledge will strengthen our commitment to eradicate hate in Tower Hamlets.

It is often those who are most vulnerable in our communities that suffer alone and in silence. Our goal is to build ‘One Tower Hamlets’ where there is a strong spirit of community and people from different backgrounds get on well together.

We must not allow any room for complacency. Sadly, there are still some who hurt, intimidate and threaten others because of hatred and prejudice. This is never acceptable.

We hope that agencies providing services to the local community and individual people in Tower Hamlets will be prepared to support and sign the Pledge to make a public condemnation of hate. Join the pledge today, make your public condemnation of hate and find out how you can contribute to making No Place for Hate a reality.

Together we can make Tower Hamlets No Place for Hate

 Useful contacts

  • Police: in an emergency call 999. For non-emergencies call 101
  • Victim Support: 020 8555 8254 or 020 7364 7957 (9.30am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday)
  • Tower Hamlets Victim Support Serious & Violent Crime Service: 020 7364 7970/7797 (9.30am 4.30pm, Monday to Friday)
  • Victim Support National Support Line: 0808 168 9111 (24/7) or report it online.
  • Appeals process/complaint process: If the complainant is not happy with the service provided they can either complain via the council’s corporate complaints procedure, or complain via their landlord or housing provider.