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
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Supporting Victims of Crime
National Listings
Action on Elder Abuse Action on Elder Abuse
Action on Elder Abuse
The site focus exclusively on the issue of elder abuse and address abuse in people's own homes (whether by family, friends or paid staff), in sheltered housing, and in care homes and hospitals.
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.
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.
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