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Reporting a Hate Crime

Hate Crime Castle Point Council is delighted to have been set up as a Hate Incident Reporting Centre (HIRC), which is a community venue where individuals can report hate crimes, either as a victim or a witness without involving the police.

A Hate Crime or prejudice based incident, whether a crime or not, is an incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hostility because of a person’s: Race, Religion, Gender Identity, Sexual orientation or Disability.

Four Members of Housing Staff have been trained as Hate Crime Ambassadors  Liz Robinson, Cheryl Nicholls, Michelle Tilson and Gemma Stock , and you can report these incidents to them and they will refer this to a specialist team of officers who work to ensure that you are kept safe. They can also assist with housing options and signpost you to additional support and advice.

Picture below are our Hate Crime Ambassadors meeting with representatives from Transpire.

Transpire is a non-profit community group which supports transgender persons, their friends and family and the wider LGBTQ community in the Southend-on-Sea and surrounding areas.

The meeting was timely taking place on Monday 20th November Transgender Day of Remembrance. This event is held each year by trans communities worldwide, it consists of rallies, vigils, marches and memorials to those murdered, subjected to violence or hate.

If you do not have the confidence to talk to the police there are details of Hate Crime Incident Reporting Centres at

or report online at


“Between 1 January 2008 and 30 September 2017 Transgender Europe's Murder Monitoring (TMM)* identified 2609 trans and gender-diverse people worldwide reported as murdered.  In 2015 there were 271 murders, in 2016 that number increased to 295 people, and in 2017 it has increased further to 325 people.