Hate crime: taking action
We can take action against someone who is committing hate crime – but we need evidence.
We will give you a special 'incident diary' to record the behaviour you see or hear. We may need other evidence, like photographs, video or tape recordings. We can sometimes do this for you, but if the incident happens suddenly it may be best if you do it too. We might have to speak to other people who have witnessed the problem. It could be difficult to take the case any further without these other witnesses.
Interviewing the perpetrator
If the evidence confirms the behaviour we will take action. We'll interview the perpetrator first, (you can ask us not to do this, but it could then be difficult to take the case further), we will tell them to stop their behaviour or risk legal action. If the behaviour continues — or if someone is in danger — we will start legal action straight away.
In very serious cases, where the perpetrator has put you or another person in danger, we'll go straight to legal action.
We will ask the court to give us:
- an injunction — a legal order that instructs the perpetrator to stop acting antisocially; or
- an antisocial behaviour order — banning the perpetrator from coming into specific areas; or
- permission to evict the responsible tenant (the tenant is responsible for their own behaviour and for the behaviour of anyone living with them or visiting their home).