A Hate Crime or Incident is when a person, group or community are targeted because of hostility or prejudice towards their:

  • Disability
  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • transgender identity

There are various ways to report a hate crime or incident, which can be found on the Shropshire Council ‘Report a Hate Crime’ webpage.

If the person who is being targeted is an adult with care and support needs, the behaviour towards the person is abuse (please see our ‘About Abuse’ pages). Hate Crimes and Incidents should therefore also be considered as a safeguarding concern.

If you are the person who is being targeted; a family member or carer or a concerned member of the public, please do not hesitate to call Shropshire Council First Point of Contact: 0345 678 9044 or West Mercia Police: 101 (only use 999 when you are sure someone is in danger now).

If you are a professional or volunteer working with a person who is being targeted, please also refer to our Safeguarding Process in Shropshire on our Multi-Agency Procedures pages before raising a safeguarding concern.

For more information and resources on hate crime (including disability hate crime and mate crime), please refer to the related links and documents on this page.