Hate and harassment

We believe that our communities are stronger together; if you experience or witness hate crime you can #OwnIt by reporting it to us or South Yorkshire Police.

Reporting hate crime

In person:

Online or phone:

  • Email safer@barnsley.gov.uk with the word HATE in the subject line
  • Text HATE, followed by a short message saying what you need help with, to 61009
  • Call (01226) 775656

To South Yorkshire Police:

  • In an emergency call 999 and ask for the Police
  • For non-emergencies call 101
  • Report it online

What is hate crime?

Hate crime is an incident that targets someone based on their social identity because of:

  • disability
  • gender identity
  • race, ethnicity or nationality
  • religion, faith or belief
  • sexual orientation

Hate crimes can take place anywhere, in person or online, and includes:

  • verbal abuse
  • threatening behaviour
  • damage to property
  • physical assault
  • offensive graffiti
  • offensive comments or images on social media or text messages

What happens when I report hate crime?

We'll contact you to talk about what we can do to make you feel safer; we usually do this within one working day. We may ask our liaison officers or victim support to talk to you.

We'll investigate the incident so we can take appropriate action. This could include prosecution, restorative justice, enforcement action by Berneslai Homes, or a warning.

Can I report for someone else?

Yes. If you witness a hate incident you can report this, even if you don’t know the name of the person it happened to.

Can I report anonymously?

Yes you can, although it may make it difficult to investigate.

Other ways to report hate crime

As well as the ways listed above, you can also report hate crime to:

  • Berneslai Homes on (01226) 775555 or by emailing them.

  • Rotherham and Barnsley Mind on (01226) 211188 or by emailing them. Mind provides mental health support services to adults in the community and at the resource centre in Barnsley at Arcadia House, 72 Market Street, Barnsley, S70 1SN.

  • Victim Support on (01226) 243761. Victim Support responds to the individual needs of victims and witnesses living in Barnsley.

  • Citizens Advice Barnsley (CAB) on 03444 111 444, or if you're deaf or hard of hearing you can use text relay on 03444 111 445. You can also contact CAB onlineCAB provide guidance and advice to members of the public about debt, employment, housing, benefits, tax credits and immigration issues.

  • True Vision by reporting hate crime online. True Vision provides hate crime information and advice.