Reporting hate crime - Epilepsy Scotland

Epilepsy Scotland is a Third Party Reporting Centre

 

What is Third Party Reporting?

Third Party Reporting allows anyone to report a hate crime in a safe and supportive environment. For a variety of reasons some people may feel reluctant to report a hate crime directly to the police, and being able to report it via a Third Party Reporting centre like Epilepsy Scotland’s Glasgow office can make this process a lot easier. Anyone can report a hate crime which is either directed at them, or one they have witnessed.

What is a hate crime?

A crime is called a hate crime if a person has been targeted because of their:

  • race
  • religion
  • sexual orientation
  • disability
  • transgender Identity

Hate crime can include physical assault, criminal damage to your property, threatening or intimidating behaviour, verbal abuse, online abuse, name calling, bullying or emotional or psychological abuse. For example, if someone is verbally abusing you on the bus because you had a seizure, this could be considered a hate crime.

Any hate crime can be reported to the police by phoning the 101 number, completing Police Scotland’s online reporting form on their website, or reporting it through a Third Party Reporting Centre, for example Epilepsy Scotland.

How we can help

If you have been the victim of a hate crime and want some help, please phone us on 0808 800 2200 or pop into to our Glasgow office. We will talk to you to get some basic information, and then complete the on-line form with you or on your behalf. We will then submit this form for you to the police who will record the incident and investigate further. If you prefer to stay anonymous, we can also submit your form without your name.

If you have any questions, please contact us on our helpline 0808 800 2200.