Hate and harassment

Incidents of hate and harassment are motivated by a hostility or prejudice towards members of a particular group of people who share a characteristic, such as their sex, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.

Hate and harassment can take the form of criminal or non-criminal behaviour, and can include:

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

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Report hate and harassment

Reporting hate and harassment may stop it happening again to you or your family, or to other people. It also sends a strong message to perpetrators, and would-be perpetrators, that this type of behaviour won't be tolerated. 

By reporting every incident, no matter how minor, we can make sure that they don't turn into something much bigger. If you prefer, you can report an incident without giving your name, although this might make it more difficult to investigate.  

If you're a victim of hate and harassment, or you witness an incident, there are several ways to report it:

  • fill in our online form
  • text 61009 starting with the word HATE and a short message saying what help you need
  • email safer@barnsley.gov.uk with the word HATE in the subject line
  • call 773555 (Barnsley Council) or 101 (police)
  • in person at a hate and harassment reporting point, where they'll help you complete the online form (see table below)

What  happens next

Within one working day of receiving your report, we'll contact you to talk about what we can do to make you feel safer, including asking our liaison officers or victim support to talk to you.

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

Organisations that can support you

Organisation  Email   Telephone
Barnsley Trades Council djjksteele@gmail.com 0777 2612650
Voluntary Action Barnsley info@vabarnsley.org.uk (01226) 320100
Berneslai Homes customerservices@berneslaihomes.co.uk  
Barnsley Citizens Advice Bureau Contact CAB 03444 111444
LGBT Forum barnsleylgbtsecretary@hotmail.co.uk 07757 352267
360 Engagement info@360engagement.co.uk 07714 208928 
South West Yorkshire Partnership
NHS Foundation Trust
customer.services@swyt.nhs.uk 0800 5872108
Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Email NHS (01226) 730000