Reporting Hate Crimes in York and North Yorkshire

The Active partnerships of the Yorkshire and Humberside region (Active Humber, North Yorkshire Sport and Yorkshire Sport Foundation) takes all matters of hate crime and discrimination seriously and is committed to responding to any concerns raised. In addition, we always recommend that hate crimes are reported to the relevant authorities and have included some links below:

Here are the first steps we would recommend:

1. Do you feel unsafe or was anyone physically hurt? Call 999

2. Have you suffered verbal or physical abuse and want to report it? You can Call 101 or Text 18001 101 for non-emergencies or report a hate crime online to North Yorkshire Police by clicking here:

3. If you experience or witness a hate crime at a sports club on on a school site, ask to speak to the safeguarding lead. You may also choose to contact the sport’s National Governing Body.

Local Organisations

North Yorkshire Police – North Yorkshire Police are the first place to go to to report a hate crime. You can report to them online, by phone or visit a police station and can also report hate material you have seen online. Link to Resource

Other Local Organisations

Supporting Victims in North Yorkshire – Free, confidential support service for victims of all crimes with online information and a weekday helpline. Link to resource

University of York – Students can inform the University of a hate crime via its student portal. Link to resource

York St John University – Students can inform the University of a hate crime via its student portal. Link to resource

Sporting Organisations

Sport England – Information about responding to a safeguarding concern at a sporting event or organisation. Includes information on National Governing Bodies. Link to resource

Child Protection in Sport Unit – Information about responding to a safeguarding concern relating to children in Sport. Link to resource

Sporting Equals – An organisation promote ethnic diversity across sport and physical activity. Recently set up a legal aid support service for victims of racial discrimination. Link to resource

The FA – Information on reporting discrimination in Football. Link to resource

National Organisations

Stop Hate UK – One of the leading national organisations working to challenge all forms of Hate Crime and discrimination, based on any aspect of an individual’s identity. Link to resource

Hate Crime Awareness Week – The national campaign against hate crimes is taking place 12th to 19th October 2024. Link to resource


If you witness a hate crime, it is not always clear what action to take. One simple and safe method is to SeeReport and Support.


What is a hate crime? First, it’s important that people have a good understanding of what a hate crime is, and how it differs to a hate incident:

Hate is any behaviour that you think is motivated by prejudice. The legal system recognises five types of hate crime on the basis of:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Disability
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Transgender Identity

Hate Crime

A hate crime is any criminal offence committed because of who the victim is, such as:

  • Assault
  • Criminal damage
  • Threats of violence

Hate Incident

A hate incident is any negative or hurtful behavious motivated by hate. It’s often harder to identify than a hate crime. Examples of hate incidents are:

  • Mocking or teasing
  • Name-calling
  • Stereotyping
  • Derogatory jokes and language

Clint’s Story: Watch Clint’s story of hate here.


Reporting a crime can be powerful in bringing about long-lasting change. It could stop it from happening again and send a strong message that hate won’t be tolerated. It can also help authorities in understanding the real picture of hate crime, enabling them to put the correct measures in place in the future.


  • Emergencies: 999
  • Non-emergencies: 101
  • Trains: Text 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40.
  • Online:

Crime Stoppers

Call 0800 555111 or go to


Bystander Intervention

We understand that reporting a hate crime can be intimidating, and not everyone wants to report what they have experienced or witnessed. We believe that bystanders can play a powerful role in de-escalating hate by safely intervening when they witness hate or prejudice.

Indirect & Direct Interventions

Intervening doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds; a bystander can either help from a distance or get directly involved. We have two main models of intervention: direct and indirect. Indirect interventions are something you can do from a distance. This could be being a witness from a distance – you could give a statement on what you saw. You could simply ask the victim if they are ok.

Direct interventions are something you can do if you feel a little more confident – you could disapprove by shaking your head, distract by spilling a drink or even directly challenge the perpetrator. Ask, why are you doing that? How would you feel if someone did that to someone you love? These interventions can make a real difference to those facing hate and are based on the Bystander Effect, a phenomenon which make it easy for individuals to think that someone else will step in. However, because of this, those facing hate often receive no help.

This information was provided by Stand By Me, a project that empowers people to tackle hate and assist victims through safe bystander interventions. They also run the National Bystander Awareness Day (13th March 2024) campaign.

Click here for more information about Stand By Me and National Bystander Awareness Day.

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