St.Helens Against HateHate Crime

Hate Crime is any offence or incident committed against individuals, groups and communities because of who they are.

It is an act motivated by someone's prejudice towards another person because of his or her age, disability, gender identity, race, religion or belief or sexuality.

 Acts of Hate Crime 

There are many different forms of hate crime, including;

  • physical assault
  • damage to property
  • arson
  • graffiti
  • threats;
  • verbal abuse
  • bullying
  • obscene telephone calls

Tackling Hate Crime

Merseyside Police have a dedicated Hate Crime Investigation Unit, who is experienced in dealing with incidents Hate Crime. This Unit is called PVPU (Protecting Vulnerable People Unit).

In St.Helens, Stop Hate UK is the main alternative to reporting Hate Crime to Merseyside Police. Stop Hate LogoStop Hate UK is a charity that provides independent and confidential support to people affected by Hate Crime.

Report it

Victims of hate crime are often reluctant to report crimes committed against them due to embarrassment or fear of repeat attacks.If you have been affected by Hate Crime, there are a number of support agencies in place to offer advice and guidance, including;

Stop Hate UK
There are a number of ways you can contact Stop Hate UK:

Merseyside Police
101, or in an emergency call 999
The Hate Crime Investigation Unit, SIGMA, can be accessed via the Merseyside Police main switchboard. 

Mate Hate
See the Friend or Fake leaflet for information on how to stop the exploitation of people with learning disabilities by people who claim to be their friends. This may take a few moments to open.

Sign the No Place for Hate Pledge

Join the list of supporters who have pledge their support for our No Place for Hate Campaign. The more people who pledge, means that more noise is being made about hate crime - helping to raise awareness and break down the silence that surrounds the crime.


Many agencies exist to support victims of hate crime download the list hate crime support services here.

Victim Support
0151 353 4025
Call the Merseyside Victim Care Team for help, support and information. All offices are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm.

You can also report hate crime online, by completing the below forms.