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Hate Crimes

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Overview

A hate crime is a crime which is motivated, in whole or in part, by hatred, bias, or prejudice, based upon the actual or perceived race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation of another individual or group.

You can use our reporting form by clicking the blue button above.

Or alternatively, you can report hate crime to the police through their True Vision website (or download the app), by clicking on the banner below.

Examples of hate crimes include assault or attempted assault with or without a weapon, sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, vandalism, harassment, sexual harassment, threats, intimidation, name calling, graffiti, phone harassment, text harassment and harassment through social networking sites.

Birmingham City Council is working closely with the Hate Crime Reduction Partnership to reduce all hate crimes and provide an appropriate response to victims. Alongside all the relevant agencies we actively encourage the reporting of hate crimes and incidents. This may include offences motivated by hostility, prejudice and hatred on the grounds of race, religion, faith or belief, disability, gender and sexuality.

Hate Crime is a criminal offence and should be reported to the police. If you have been a victim of, or a witness to a hate crime or if there is an immediate threat to you or your family contact the police on 999 or 112 (mobile).

Your report will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Essential Information
  • Antisocial Behaviour is a behaviour which causes distress or alarm to others. This covers a broad spectrum of problems but key things which define Antisocial Behaviour include:

    • Excessive noise (especially late at night)
    • Rowdy, unruly or threatening behaviour
    • Criminal activity or offences
    • Drug dealing and related problems
    • Nuisance caused by children of tenants, or visitors to council properties and estates
    • Nuisance caused by animals
    • Vandalism, including graffiti
    • Harassment, including racial, sexual and homophobic
    • Dumping of litter or rubbish
    • Statutory nuisance, such as fume emissions
    • Breaches of tenancy conditions
    • Accidental inconsiderate behaviour
    • Verbal abuse.
  • Under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, we have specific duties for monitoring and dealing with Antisocial Behaviour What Birmingham City Council is doing to help. In response to this, we have set up the Community Safety Partnership, a specialist team that deals with Antisocial Behaviour across the city.

    Its always best to try to nip problem behaviour in the bud. In the first instance, so long as its safe, we will always advise you to speak directly with whoever is causing the problem.

    Many disputes between neighbours could be resolved just by talking to each other. Issues are often just down to a clash of lifestyles – the perpetrator(s) may not even realise that they’re causing a nuisance.

    If you’re being subjected to persistent Antisocial Behaviour, we’ll then refer your complaint either to the Community Safety Partnership or the council department best placed to deal with your specific issue.

    If you’re a tenant of a registered social landlord, we may give you their contact details, if the matter is something that they have the power to deal with.

    In an emergency you should always call 999 and report the matter to the police.

Frequently Asked Questions
    • We can only investigate incidents that happen in Birmingham. If the incident happened somewhere else, then you should notify the relevant local authority, or the police. The True Vision link above can be used to report a hate crime to the police, regardless of where in the UK it happened. This link can also be used to report incidents of hate you might come across online, such as on Facebook or Twitter.

    • In some circumstances the councils service may be able to help resolve problems before they become full disputes. Even if there is a history of problems between the parties, mediation can be useful in helping to resolve them.

    • We will respond to your complaint within one working day if it is a very serious complaint (category A) such as harassment, violence or threat of violence or a hate crime. We will respond to your complaint within five working days if it is a serious complaint (category B) such as threats or threatening behaviour, or intimidating behaviour from groups or individuals. We will also give you the name of the local officer who is looking into your complaint.