Hate Crime: Bucks Third Party reporting Centre

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Hate Crime: Bucks Third Party reporting Centre

Buckinghamshire Community Safety Partnership is committed to ensuring the County is a safe and secure environment so those who live and work here can live peacefully in the community.victimsupport

What is hate crime?
Hate crime, also referred to as bias-motivated crime, is when a person is attacked for being associated with a certain social, ethnic, or religious organisation, or for their sexual orientation, nationality, physical appearance, handicap, or gender identity.
Hate crimes are often considered to be 'message crimes', where the offender uses the crime to send a clear message to the targeted person or group.

Hate crime is any criminal offence committed against a person or property that is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hatred of someone because of their:

  • Race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origins

  • Religion

  • Gender or gender identity

  • Sexual orientation

  • Disability

Hate crime can take a number of forms. It can be verbal abuse, threats such as offensive letters or phone calls, criminal damage or a physical attack.
No. of incidents in the UK
There are two primary sources of data when it comes to assessing the number of hate crimes that have been reported throughout England and Wales. The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) and official police recorded crime.

According to the survey data collated between 2011 and 2013 by the CSEW, there were an estimated 278,000 hate crimes perpetrated during this period.

Racially motivated hate crimes accounted for an average of 154,000 of the reported incidents, and religiously motivated hates crimes represented 70,000 of the estimated total. The majority of hate crime incidents comprise assaults that cause minor or no injury at all and acts of vandalism. Together these make up about two-thirds of the 278,000 estimated figure.

The problem with trying to evaluate the true extent and volume of hate crimes is that a disproportionately small number are captured in the survey. For example, it is estimated that only 40% of hate crimes carried out came to the attention of the police. As a result, the figures do not accurately reflect the full extent of the problem.

Here is a summary of the relevant figures for 2012/2013:

  • Estimated hate crimes according to CSEW 278,000

  • Actual hate crimes recorded by the police 42,236

  • Estimated racially/religiously motivated hate crimes 185,000

  • Actual recorded racially/religiously aggravated offences 30,234

  • Detections of racially or religiously aggravated offences 13,768

  • Actual court proceedings issued for racially or religiously aggravated offences 8,898

  • Actual convictions for racially or religiously aggravated offences 6,458 final rolling hill master logo rgb

No. of incidents in Bucks

Although there were 449 reports of hate crime in Buckinghamshire from April 2013 to March 2014, it frequently goes unreported, and that figure could be much bigger. Reporting figures have fluctuated little in the past three years, from 396 in 2012/13 and 418 in 2011/12.

Hate crime can have a devastating impact and can sometimes lead to victims living in fear of the perpetrator. For this, or any other reason, victims or witnesses may feel unable to speak to the police.

Third party reporting Centre
In Buckinghamshire, Victim Support is the third party reporting Centre for victims of hate crime for Buckinghamshire through the Victim Care Unit. They offer emotional support, information and practical help to victims of crime whether or not the crime has been reported to the police or a third agency. We are in month six of our agreement with Victim Support as the third party reporting centre for hate crime support and information which started in January:


No. of referrals

TVP Incidents (Bucks)

Quarter 1 (January-March)


100 (70 Racist, 15 homophobic)

Quarter 2 (April-June)


92 (76 Racist, 9 homophobic)

Quarter 3 (July-September)



Quarter 4 (October-December)



Victims of hate crime can report using the support line on 0845 38 99 528 or email shorehamvcu@victimsupport.org.uk. A referral form is also available for front line staff who wish to refer a case to the Victim Care Unit.

Available resources:

  • E-learning for BCC Staff and members

  • Digiscreens slide in libraries, GP surgeries and health centres across Bucks

  • Audio material on BCC Website

  • Leaflets (A5 Colour)

  • Posters (A4 Colour)

  • ‘Easy-read’ leaflet (A5 colour)

  • Victim Support card (business card size)

Current work:

  • Promoting the contact details for the Victim Care unit to residents through communication campaigns and up to date information on district council websites

  • Ensuring that partner agencies are aware of the third party reporting centre for hate crime

  • Finding out the number of referrals to similar third party reporting centres in neighbouring councils such as Herts, Surrey and Milton Keynes.

Long term aims:

Police, county and district councils and Victim Support are dedicated to seeing not only a reduction in crime, but also a fall in the fear of crime. These organisations are working together to ensure victims’ are supported and feel confident in the support offered. It is also hoped that under the terms of the SLA with Victim Support victims will feel enabled to report matters, and that reporting of hate crime in Buckinghamshire will increase as a result.

For more information, please contact Nicholas Martin on 01296 387374 or email nicmartin@buckscc.gov.uk

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