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Hate crime

We value the diverse communities which make our District a unique and vibrant place to live, work and visit. However, we know that diverse communities can face discrimination, harassment, and hate. Such behaviour is classed as Hate Crimes or Incidents. There is no place in Maldon for this form of prejudice and the Council and its partners in the Maldon District Community Safety Partnership will do all it can to tackle this.

‘Hate Crime’ is the generic term used to discuss both Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents.

Hate Crimes are any crimes perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice.

Hate Incidents feel like crimes and often escalate to crimes or tensions in a community.

Both are committed because of a person’s actual or perceived:

  • Race: including ethnicity, nationality or national origin, Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller communities.
  • Religion or belief: including no faith.
  • Sexual Orientation: including Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual.
  • Gender Identity: including transgender, non-binary, and gender fluid.
  • Disability: including learning, mental health, physical or sensory disability.

Hate crimes can be, but are not limited to:

  • a physical attack like hitting and assault
  • verbal abuse or insults including name calling or offensive jokes
  • offensive graffiti
  • spitting, insulting gestures
  • neighbourhood disputes
  • threats, harassment, or intimidation
  • unfounded malicious complaints
  • people doing things that frighten, intimidate, or distress you
  • offensive letters, posters, emails, texts, phone calls, social media messages, photographs, and videos
  • damage to property or belongings, arson, and vandalism
  • dumping rubbish outside homes or through letter boxes
  • bullying at work, at school or college or university
  • befriending vulnerable people to take advantage of, exploit and or abuse them – often referred to as ‘mate crime’.

Report a Hate Crime or Incident to Essex Police.

Local Hate Crime Incident Reporting Centres and organisations can provide additional support as well as other ways to report Hate Crime, please see below for their contact details:

Maldon Council Offices
Princes Road

Phone: 01621 854477

Chelmsford Council
Civic Centre
Duke Street

Phone: 01245 606606

Witham Jobcentre
2 Freebournes Court

Phone: 0800 1600190


Report Hate Crimes and Incidents anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

True Vision

Hate Crimes and Incidents can be reported online to True Vision at Report it.

Stop Hate

Call Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625 (free 24-hour helpline) or 0808 801 0576 (for under 18s) or visit their website: Stop Hate UK. Stop Hate UK are a national Hate Crime charity that provide a free 24/7 Hate Crime reporting and information line to residents in Essex.