Hate crime is defined as any criminal offence, which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someone based on a personal characteristic.

What is hate crime?

Usually such crimes are motivated by an offender’s hatred of someone because of their:

  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or belief
  • gender
  • sexual orientation
  • disability
  • gender identity
  • age

What form does hate crime take?

Hate crimes can take many forms, including:

  • verbal abuse
  • threats/intimidation 
  • neighbour disputes
  • physical attacks
  • criminal damage
  • offensive gestures
  • harassment 
  • stalking
  • abusive/obscene calls
  • sending of offensive material
  • bullying at school or in a workplace
  • arson
  • murder

Reporting hate crime

A report can be made by anyone who is aware of the incident, not just the victim. You can report a hate crime in any of the following ways:

  • by completing the appropriate online form below:


  • by printing, completing and returning the paper form to any of our reporting centres
  • by calling our 24/7 telephone hate crime reporting line on 01302 736666
  • by visiting any of our third party reporting centres and reporting to a member of staff.  A list of our reporting centres is displayed below.

Reporting centres

A number of hate crime reporting centres are spread across the borough and offer an alternative reporting service for victims, should they wish to report at a location other than a police station.

Any reports taken at a centre will be treated in the strictest of confidence. Specially-trained staff will provide the appropriate help and support to the victim should they require it.

Hate crime reporting centres:

  • Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU Tel: 01302 736000
  • Communications Specialist College, Leger Way, Doncaster, DN2 6AY Tel: 01302 386700
  • The Hub, Doncaster College, Chappell Drive, Doncaster, DN1 2RF Tel: 01302 553553
  • Edlington Library, Martin Wells Centre, Thompson Avenue, New Edlington, Doncaster, DN12 1JD Tel: 01302 736470
  • Mexborough Library, John Street, Mexborough, S64 9HS Tel: 01709 582037
  • Changing Lives, Oracle House, 2-5 Princes Street, Doncaster, DN1 3NJ Tel: 01302 309800
  • St Leger Homes of Doncaster Ltd, St James Street Office, 40 St James Street, Doncaster, DN1 3BB, Telephone Number:  01302 73673
  • Thorne Library, The Vermuyden Centre, Fieldside, Thorne, Doncaster, DN8 4BQ Tel: 01405 746969
  • Better You, Grove Gardens, Armthorpe Road, Doncaster, DN2 5JX
Last updated: 12 July 2023 11:28:09

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