Hate crime

Hate crime is any criminal offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by hostility towards someone based on their disability, race, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation.

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and the Crown Prosecution Service have a nationally agreed definition of Hate Crime. Hate crimes are taken to mean any crime where the perpetrator’s hostility or prejudice against an identifiable group of people is a factor in determining who is victimised.

South Wales Police is committed to fair and appropriate treatment for every individual in the community. However, there are some occasions when appropriate treatment can and does mean different responses depending on cultural, individual or local needs. Responding to hate crime falls into this category.

If you are aware of any incidents, such as verbal abuse, harassment, physical attack, damage to property, bullying or graffiti that you believe was motivated by:

  • Racism
  • Religion/belief
  • Homophobia
  • Transphobia
  • Disability

Then it is important that you report it. If hate crime is not reported, then the police do not get a true representation of the levels of hate crime that is taking place. If the police are not aware of any issues then they may not be able to properly action a response.

Dedicated Hate Crime Officer

There is a dedicated Hate Crime Officer for the Taff Ely and Rhondda Valley area. PC Graham Williams is an experienced officer and is happy to assist you by either giving advice or assisting you in reporting a hate crime.

Reporting Hate Crime

If you need to report a hate crime then please use one of the following means:

You can also report the incident to the police online via the Safer Wales website. If you wish to talk to a University adviser or counsellor about an incident then please come to the Student Services Reception desk where staff will be able to help you.