/ Hate crime

In England and Wales, hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted because of hostility or prejudice in relation to: 

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

This can be committed against a person or property. Please call 999 if you feel life is in danger or 101 at any other time.  victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime.

If a person is convicted of a criminal offence, and hostility in relation to any of the above five categories is proven, then any sentence they receive will be increased to take in to account that it is a hate crime. 

For more information about hate crime, and the police service’s response to it, see the national True Vision website

You can listen to an audio version of information about how to report hate crime to Greater Manchester Police and what a hate crime incident is here:

Alternative Sub-culture Hate Crime

  • The 5 categories above are agreed nationally, and every police service in England and Wales records these as hate crimes. It is an option for any individual police service to add additional categories.
  • You can let Greater Manchester Police know about an Alternative Sub-culture hate crime via the national True Vision on-line reporting form – simply select “other” as a category and write alternative sub-culture in the box provided.

Learning Disability Hate Crime

Hate crime is when someone treats you badly because you have a learning disability. It is wrong for anyone to

  • hurt you
  • call you names
  • take your things
  • make you feel unsafe

There is an Easy Read leaflet you can download from the right of this page.

  • There is also a Disability Hate Crime Poster you can download from the right of this page.
  • You can find more easy read information about hate crime and how to report to the police on our Easy Read page.

Transphobic Hate Crime Report

  • This report addresses the fact that transphobic related incidents are the most unreported of all hate crimes. It makes recommendations on how to increase reporting from within the trans community.
  • Between 2013 to 2015, GMP in conjunction with GMP Pride Network and Transforum Manchester, spoke to members of the trans community to learn about their experiences when reporting hate crime and interacting with police. The report takes these findings and makes recommendations for improving the quality of reporting and supporting of victims within the trans community, such as better training for frontline staff, dedicated officers to lead on trans issues, and the consideration of the use of restorative justice for transphobic hate cases.

Internet Hate Crime

  • The True Vision website (which is published by the National Police Chief's Council on behalf of all the police services in England and Wales) explains how the police respond to hate crime on the internet and how you can report it to us.

Our performance

  • GMP regularly publishes details about the number of hate crimes reported to us, and how well we have done in solving those crimes. See our Equality Performance Data page.

Hate crime related Equality Objectives

  • In our Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Strategy, we have incorporated equality objectives that are specific to hate crime.  See our Equality Publications page.

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