Hate crime



All hate crimes and incidents should be reported. By reporting them you help us and services such as the police and housing associations to make changes. 

You can also get the support you need to ensure that offenders are brought to justice.

What is a hate crime? Click to get info

A hate crime is any criminal offence that’s motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a persons:

  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • disability
  • transgender identity


    Hate Crime definitions Click to get info

    Read more information about hate crime definitions.

    These crimes or incidents may involve:

    • physical attacks, such as physical assault, damage to property
    • offensive graffiti and arson
    • threats of attack including offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls
    • unfounded and malicious complaints or verbal abuse, insults or harassment or taunting
    • hate mail including posters, letters or e-mail, text messages or social media
    • dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes, and
    • bullying at school or in the workplace

    View more information on Waltham Forest Hate Crime

    How can I report it? Click to get info

    Whether you’re a victim, witness, or are reporting for someone else, you can:


    • 999 for emergency police assistance or
    • 101 if it’s not an emergency
    • text 999 emergency services from your mobile phone. You’ll need to register with emergencySMS first.

    Report online

    Contact Crimestoppers

    You can give them as much or as little information as you want to:

    With your details

    • The crime or incident can be investigated fully
    • you’ll get the support you need

    Without your details

    • the report will be used for monitoring purposes, to get a true vision of what is happening

    Use a third party reporting site

    We work with a variety of voluntary and community organisations that have received special training to assist with reporting at accessible locations across the borough.

    Sites currently include local housing providers, community and faith based organisations or organisations that represent hate crime strands i.e. disability, homophobia, race, or religion and belief or transgender identity.

    The organisations listed below have staff specially trained to help you report a hate crime incident.

    East London Out Project

    56-60 Grove Road,
    E17 9BN
    020 8509 3898

    Stay Safe East

    Resource Centre (South)
    90 Crownfield Road,
    E15 2BG
    020 8519 7241

    Tell MAMA

    Migrant Support Centre
    434 Forest Road,
    E17 4PY

    Helpline 0800 456 1226
    WhatsApp 0734 184 6086

    Waltham Forest Council

    020 8496 3000

    If you live in accommodation managed by a local housing provider you can report a hate crime incident to your housing officer.

    Contact Click to get info

    ASB Team
    Town Hall, Complex
    Walthamstow, E17 4JF

    Email: ASBTeam@walthamforest.gov.uk 

    Further information regarding Hate Crime reporting please email: Hatecrimereporting@walthamforest.gov.uk