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Hate Crime What is it?

test2A Hate Incident is any incident which the victim, or anyone else, thinks is based on someones prejudice towards them because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or because they are transgender.


If you, or anyone you know, has been called names, been bullied or had anything happen to them that you think may be because of one of these factors, then you should report this as a hate incident. Even if you dont want the incident to be investigated, it is important that the police know about it, so that they can build up a picture of how many incidents are happening and where. This information can help police investigating other hate incidents.


Not all hate incidents will amount to criminal offences, but those that do become hate crimes. The Association of Chief Police Officers and the CPS have agreed a common definition of hate crime:

"Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person's race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender."


Types of Hate Crime

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Race and religious hate crime

Racist and religious crime is particularly hurtful to victims as they are being targeted solely because of their personal identity, their actual or perceived racial or ethnic origin, belief or faith. These crimes can happen randomly or be part of a campaign of continued harassment and victimisation. We will not tolerate such crime.

You can read the CPS Policy on Prosecuting Racist & Religious Hate crimes in a number of languages here. 


Homophobic and transphobic hate crime
In the past, incidents against lesbian, gay, bisexual people or transgender people, have been rarely reported and even more rarely prosecuted. Research studies suggest that victims of, or witnesses to, such incidents have very little confidence in the criminal justice system. The CPS is committed to addressing this problem, ensuring crimes against our LGBT communities are tackled properly.


You can read the CPS policy on Prosecuting Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crimes here.


Disability hate crime
Feeling and being unsafe through violence, harassment or negative stereotyping has a significant impact on disabled people's sense of security and wellbeing. It also impacts significantly on their ability to participate both socially and economically in their communities. The CPS takes disability hate crime seriously.

You can read the CPS policy on prosecuting Disability Hate Crimes here and there is an Easy Read version available here


Crimes against older people
Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure and to live free from the fear of crime. We know that feeling and being unsafe have significant negative impacts on older people's health and sense of well-being. Our policy, Prosecuting Crimes Against Older People, makes clear to older people, their families, communities and the general public that the CPS understands the serious implications of this type of crime. You can read the CPS Policy on Prosecuting Crimes against Older People here.


download 1Has it happened to you?

If so, this could be a hate crime.

The police and the Crown Prosecution Service take all hate crime very seriously. We know that lots of victims of hate crime dont tell anyone what has happened to them. This might be because they think they wont be taken seriously. Or it might be because they dont realise that what is happening to them is a crime.


All police forces would want you to report crimes and they take all reports of crime very seriously. But, if it could be a hate crime, the police will take it even more seriously. This is because all people are entitled to live their lives free from bullying and harassment. Dealing with hate crimes is important to protect the rights of all members of society.


How do you report it?

You can report a crime in several ways:

  • if it's an emergency and the crime is still taking place, call 999 and ask for the police

  • if it's not an emergency, do not call 999 as this could hold up genuine emergency calls. This does not mean the crime is not important - it just helps the police to prioritise their resources. Many police forces have a non-emergency number, so you can call that instead like 101hate2 sikhhelpline

  • you can also drop in at your local police station and report the crime there. You can find the address and telephone number in the local telephone directory or on the internet (see the link to your local police force website at the side of the page).

  • you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you want to remain anonymous.

  • Third Party Reporting Centres are a safe neutral location within the community where people can report hate crime or hate incidents without having to contact the Police directly. Anybody can use this facility regardless of whether they are a victim, witness, or just someone who is aware of information that needs to be reported. You can report incidents at a Third Party Reporting Centre even if you dont want the police to investigate it.Trained staff are based at the centres to assist people with the completion of the reporting forms or alternatively you can pick up a form from these locations, which come with pre-paid envelopes, so the information can be posted back when complete.    Resource: Hate Crime  


If you are a victim of hate crime you can also contact The Sikh Helpline as a third party reporting centres.   #tellSikhhelplineUK 

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A new criminal offence to tackle Revenge Porn is being introduced in England & Wales as part of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill. Sikh Helpline Law


"Be aware before they Share"



Revenge Porn is the sharing of private, sexual materials, either photos or videos, of another person without their consent and with the purpose of causing embarrassment or distress. The images are sometimes accompanied by personal information about the subject, including their full name, address and links to their social media profiles.

The offence applies both online and offline and to images which are shared electronically or in a moretraditional way so includes the uploading of images on the internet, sharing by text and e-mail, or showing someone a physical or electronic image.


Sikh Helpline girl cryingRevenge Porn is abusive and can have a devastating effect on the life of the victim; it affects their self-esteem, isolates them from family and friends and even leads to them losing their jobs.  It is a violation, a total invasion of privacy and a betrayal of trust.


The new offence will criminalise the sharing of private, sexual photographs or films, where what is shown would not usually be seen in public. Sexual material not only covers images that show the genitals but also anything that a reasonable person would consider to be sexual, so this could be a picture of someone who is engaged in sexual behaviour or posing in a sexually provocative way.

The big change is that there will now be a specific offence for this practice and those found guilty of the crime could face a sentence of up to two years in prison

Revenge Porn is not new and currently, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutes cases around Revenge Porn using a range of existing laws.

Sending explicit or nude images of this kind may, depending on the circumstances, be an offence under the Communications Act 2003 or the Malicious Communications Act 1988. Behaviour of this kind, if repeated, may also amount to an offence of harassment under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

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The CPS recently updated its legal guidance in order to clearly set out how such cases should be brought to court under the new legislation. Details can be found on the CPS website.


The Ministry of Justice is launching a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the new legislation surrounding Revenge Porn. 


  • Make it clear to potential perpetrators that sharing explicit images, without consent, is unacceptable; it is a crime and will be prosecuted.
  • Discourage those thinking that sharing explicit images is a bit of fun by emphasizing the impact that the sharing of private sexual images can have on a victim.
  • Advise victims to report the crime to the police.   information from


Help us send a message to those who maliciously share private, sexual images of other people, that they should "be aware before they share" and know that the law is firmly on the side of the victim. We hope this will also show victims that they have support and give them the courage to speak up and report any incidents to the police. Revenge Porn is unacceptable, it is a crime, and those found sharing it will be punished.


If you have been a victim of a hate crime / Revenge Porn and if you are still in danger, please call 999. 


Remember: Please do not feel hesitant to contact us We are only here to help  #TellSikhHelplineUK


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3rd Annual Bike Ride Kirtan Darbaar Reunion 
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Sunday - 13th November 2016, With the leadership and guidance of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji Maharaj and with the love of the Sat Sangat the Sikh Helpline held their 3rd annual Bike Ride Kirtan Darbaar Reunion at Guru Har Rai Gurdwara, West Bromwich. The day was filled with positive energy and beautiful  kirtan from various jathas. The 2016 Sikh Helpline Charity Bike Ride was an even greater success than last year, with over a 100 cyclists taking part in this great event. The total amount raised by the participants was £24,459.77p The funds raised will be used to support the projects that the helpline are implementing, it will also support the work carried out by the volunteers who provide this much needed service in the local community.


The award ceremony was received with great enthusiasm from the sponsors that have supported the helpline over the years. Many

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 sponsors spoke in high regards of the important work carried out by the helpline and the work their volunteers carry out in the community. Many felt that the taboo subjects in the Sikh and Punjabi community are now being raised and are being tackled head on. To show our appreciation to the all sponsors who have played a very important role in providing their much needed support, a dedicated web page has been created, for a full list of all our sponsors please visit


The CEO Giani Sukha Singh would like to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to all those who took part in the Bike Ride and made the event successful. We would like to say thank you to all the volunteers who helped organise the event, the riders who took part and raised the awareness of the work the Sikh Helpline carry out, and also to all the sponsors who have supported the helpline financially. Without the support of the Sangat it would not be possible for the helpline to carry out the work that they do.


Visit the Sikh Helpline website at  to make a donation you can also donate via cheque, please post donations to: Sikh Helpline 86 Birmingham St, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 4EB


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