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Racist Incidents

We take racist incidents very seriously and have developed a number of options to make it easier for you to report.  We aim to increase reported incidents, ensure victims and witnesses are fully supported and build their confidence in the criminal justice systems.

Remember, in an emergency call 999.

  • How to get help

    • E-mail the Casework Team
    • Call the Safe in the City Casework Team on (01273) 292735
      This line is staffed Monday to Friday 9-5 with an answer machine service out of hours
    • Call the Brighton & Hove City Council call centre on (01273) 292929
      This line is staffed Monday to Friday 9-5 with an answer machine service out of hours
    • In an emergency always call the police on 999
    • Call the police on 101 if it is not urgent

    When you report anti-social behaviour to us we will keep to our Victim & Witness Standards

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a racist incident?

    A racist incident is any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim, witness or any other person.  It can also include racism by association e.g. mixed race partners or parents or presumed membership of a race or ethnic group - even if it is a mistaken presumption.  For example, identifying a person from any part of Asia as Pakistani and calling them racist names.

    Direct racist incidents can include:

    • physical abuse – Spitting, punching, kicking, slapping, pushing or behaviour which leads to physical injury.
    • threats – Words of a threatening nature, for example “I’m going to beat you up” or “I’m going to get you and your family” etc.
    • verbal abuse – racist name calling, swearing, abusive telephone calls, etc.
    • sexual abuse – This can be abuse including degradation, rape, assault, etc.
    • written/printed abuse – Letters by post, leaflets or posters using racist language, abusive text messages, abusive messages on the facebook or other social media etc.
    • graffiti/racist language or images –  written/drawn onto property.
    • attacks on property/home – eggs/stones thrown at property, tyres slashed, windows broken etc.
    • harassment  –  persistent intimidating or threatening behaviour which is spread over a period of time.
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  • What if I don’t want to report an incident but need some support?

    We provide support to people who have experienced hate incidents or crimes because of hostility based on their race, religion and / or disability. Caseworkers will:

    • provide a language/sign interpreter, if you need one
    • listen to your needs and take your concerns seriously
    • undertake an initial risk assessment within one working day
    • offer you a single point of contact
    • arrange to meet you at your home, if you wish
    •  develop an action plan to resolve the complaint
    • with your agreement, work with other agencies on the agreed actions to:
      -  solve your complaint
      -  take actions against the person/s who is causing the incidents, where possible.
    • support you throughout the process and if you need to go to court
    • ask for your feedback to improve our service
    • aim for an outcome that is  both realistic and agreeable to you