Has a member of your family been a victim of hate crime?
It can make you feel unhappy and scared if you think your brother or sister, parent or another family member has been the target of hate crime in any of its forms. It doesn't matter what their age is, you can help.
Give them support
You should try and get them to talk about it. They may well find it hard to talk about or feel embarrassed, which is understandable. The most important thing is to just be there for them and listen.
What they're experiencing might be linked to bullying.
If you think that's the case then take a look at our section on bullying. Either Get the facts about bullying, or for more info on how you can actually help them visit Are you worried a member of your family is being bullied?
The next thing to do is to encourage them to seek help. This can be worrying for them, so don't push too hard. But they should:
- talk to a close friend or other family member
- if it's your brother or sister, talk to their teacher or another responsible adult
- contact an organisation like ChildLine or Victim Support to talk to a professional who can offer help and advice
If they are prepared to take things further they should report it as a crime:
- They could contact their local police station or speak to their Safer Schools Officer or Safer Neighbourhoods Team - if it's an emergency they should call 999.
- If they feel unable to talk to the police they could contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 (they won't have to give their name and their call will not be traced).
- Or for more information visit the Reporting crime section on the Metropolitan Police website or the How to contact us page on this site.
You can also talk to us yourself or ask someone else to speak on your family's behalf such as a friend or another relative, a community leader or even a solicitor. Someone from the local authority, housing association or advice bureau might also be prepared to speak to us on behalf of yourself or your family.
You can also report some hate crimes to non-police organisations such as those listed below. For more information visit our More help and advice page.
Our Community Safety Units
The Metropolitan Police Service has made it a high priority to tackle hate crimes in all its forms with specialist Community Safety Units located in each of our 32 boroughs. We investigate all hate crime, even in cases where there is only a small amount of information or when a victim has not reported it themselves. And we record all incidents brought to our attention whether or not a crime has been committed.
Getting more help
If your brother, sister or another member of the family is not ready to talk to someone they know, but they do want more advice, encourage them to look online or call for more help. Visit our More help and advice page.
They could also try the following:
ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK, Children and young people can call 0800 1111 to talk about any problem.
Support lines for people who are in trouble, or are victims of crime including hate crime. Telephone - 0845 30 30 900.