Support for Crime Victims in Bedfordshire
Support for Crime Victims in Bedfordshire
Support for Crime Victims in Bedfordshire
Support for Crime Victims in Bedfordshire
  Call Services for Bedfordshire on 0800 0282 887
What is hate crime?
Hate crime is an incident which may or may not be a criminal offence but which is perceived by you as being motivated by prejudice or hate. This could be based on age, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender or transgender identity. A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone can be a victim of a hate crime. Hate crime can involve physical attacks and assaults, vandalism, criminal damage, verbal abuse, cyber bullying and financial exploitation to name but a few, and it can be committed against a person or property.
How do I know if I am a victim?
It is not always easy to know whether you are a victim of hate crime. Some people believe that they have to be physically harmed before it counts as a crime, which is not the case. If a person is bullied or verbally attacked over their disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender or transgender identity, this is investigated as a hate crime.
If you are unsure, please report the incident to the police or any of the organisations below. They will know whether action should be taken. Hate incidents can escalate and cause wider tensions in communities, so it is important that the right steps are taken to resolve issues before they increase.
How do I report hate crime?
If you, or someone you know, is being bullied, harassed or verbally abused out of prejudice or hate, you can report the incident to police on the non-urgent 101 number or through the Stop Hate helpline 0800 138 1625. Importantly, if there is an immediate threat to safety, always dial 999. You can also contact the police anonymously via the Crimestoppers scheme on 0800 555 111. If you see someone being victimised, please report it on their behalf. All hate crimes and incidents should be reported, whether you are a victim or witness.
What should I expect next?
Police officers will do all they can to help you deal with what has happened to you. Bedfordshire Police is experienced at helping people in this area of crime and have a Hate Crime Lead, for example.They can arrange to meet you at a place of your choice where you feel comfortable and safe. They will work with you and provide help, including making a statement explaining what has happened.
 
Local Listings
Change Ur Life 1. Change Ur Life
Change Ur Life
Established in 2020, Change Ur Life strongly believes that everyone deserves to live a life filled with happiness, contentment and security. Our team have personally worked in this field for several years, supporting a large number of victims and as a result, have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience. It is for this reason that we have set up services that support victims of domestic abuse in their own homes and the community, with our vision of expanding services to victims of all crimes. We support everyone over the age of 17 years old, no matter what their gender, race or beliefs are, as we strongly believe that no individual should be subject to suffering in silence, so offer a friendly and non-judgemental approach with the mission to make a difference.
Paws Protect 2. Paws Protect
Paws Protect
Domestic violence and pets can make for an unsafe situation, which is why we offer our Paws Protect cat fostering service. Through a network of cat fosterers, the service provides a retreat for pets of those going into a refuge until the owner has a safe place to live and they can be reunited.

All information between the cat owner and foster carer is kept confidential. Our fosterers do not know the identity or whereabouts of the cat owner and vice versa, ensuring complete anonymity.

While it is not possible for the owner to visit their cat while it is being fostered, the Paws Protect team visit the fosterer on a regular basis and provide monthly updates to the owner to give them peace of mind.

Paws Protect covers all the costs of fostering for domestic violence – including cat food, feeding bowls, beds, vaccinations etc so owners know their pet is receiving the best care.
Supporting Victims of Crime
National Listings
Barnardo's Barnardo's
Barnardo's
Welcome to Boloh, Barnardo’s COVID-19 helpline and webchat for those 11+

Call us on 0800 1512605 or chat to us online

Are you a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic child, young person, parent or carer, affected by Covid-19? You can speak to us about your worries, problems and stresses during this time, and we can provide emotional support, practical advice and signposting to other organisations who can provide further help. 

If you’re a professional, you can also contact us to discuss how to support a child or young person they are working with.
Crimestoppers Crimestoppers
Crimestoppers
Crimestoppers is an independent charity helping police locate criminals and solve crimes through anonymous reporting. The site also provides crime prevention advice for a number of crimes.
Stonewall Stonewall
Stonewall
Stonewall is a national charity supporting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across the country. It offers a wealth of advice on a whole range of subjects, from understanding and reporting hate crime to providing advice and information on discrimination.
Stonewall Housing Stonewall Housing
Stonewall Housing
We give advice about different housing related issues to hundreds of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people every year. We understand what you, or your friends, might be experiencing. So if you need advice, contact us. You can phone us, or you can come along to one of our drop-in surgeries. Some of the housing issues we’ve helped LGBT+ people with include:

if you’re homeless or at risk of becoming homeless;
if your relationship with your family has broken down because of your sexual orientation or gender identity;
if you’ve been victimised or harassed;
if you need to escape from domestic abuse;
if you need advice about a dispute with your landlord;
if you need advice with your housing benefits.
Stop Hate Stop Hate
Stop Hate
Stop Hate offers information and guidance to anyone who may be affected by hate crime. The organisation works alongside local partnerships to tackle hate crime and discrimination, encourage reporting and support the individuals and communities it affects.
Stop Hate UK Stop Hate UK
Stop Hate UK
Stop Hate offers information and guidance to anyone who may be affected by hate crime. The organisation works alongside local partnerships to tackle hate crime and discrimination, encourage reporting and support the individuals and communities it affects.
The Coroners' Courts Support Service (CCSS) The Coroners' Courts Support Service (CCSS)
The Coroners' Courts Support Service (CCSS)
The Coroners’ Courts Support Service (CCSS) is
an independent charity founded in 2003. Trained
volunteers offer free, confidential, emotional support
and practical help to bereaved families, witnesses and
others attending an Inquest at some of the Coroners’
Courts in England. We can signpost people to other
appropriate organisations and prior to the Inquest
we can give you support and information via our
Telephone Helpline.
True Vision True Vision
True Vision
True Vision is a great source of information for anyone who may be a victim of hate crime and allows victims to report hate incidents/crime through an online form.
There are no national support services for this in our directory

If you are unsure whether you have been a victim of crime, please talk to one of our advisors on 0800 0282 887