Hate crime and third party reporting
If you have been targeted because of your disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity, or you are aware of someone else being targeted, you are encouraged to report it to the police.
By reporting a hate crime, you can help the police deal with it and also prevent the same thing happening to someone else.
You can make an anonymous report if you prefer. This means that the police may not be able to fully investigate the crime without your details, however it is your choice.
There are a few ways to report a hate crime. You can call 999 (emergency) or 101 (non-emergency), go in person at any police station, or complete the online Hate Crime Reporting Form.
There is another option if you feel you would be more comfortable reporting the matter to someone in your community who you are more comfortable with. You can make an appointment with one of Victim Support Scotland’s third-party reporting centres and tell us about the crime.
We work in partnership with the police to ensure you can report a hate crime in a welcoming, supportive and confidential setting. Our third-party reporting centre staff have been trained to assist you to submit a report to the police and can make the report on your behalf.
Our third-party reporting centres are listed below. If there isn’t one in your area, have a look at the Police Scotland site to find a centre near you.
|Victim Support Aberdeen||41 Regent Quay, Aberdeen, AB11 5BE||01224 622478|
|Victim Support South Ayrshire||McAdam House, 34 Charlotte St, Ayr, KA7 1EA||01292 266441|
|Victim Support East Ayrshire||Civic Centre North, 19 John Dickie St, Kilmarnock, KA1 1HW||01563 540252|
|VSS - Witness Service Kilmarnock||Sheriff Court House, St Marnock Street, Kilmarnock, KA1 1ED||01563 574928|
|Victim Support Dumfries||18 Castle Street, Dumfries, DG1 1DR||01387 250883|
|Victim Support Edinburgh||15/23 Hardwell Close, Edinburgh, EH8 9RX||0131 6682556|
|Victim Support Falkirk||Forsyth House, Lomond Court, Castle Business Park, Stirling, FK9 4TU||01324 633433|
|Victim Support Stirling||Forsyth House, Lomond Court, Castle Business Park, Stirling, FK9 4TU||01786 445782|
|Victim Support Glasgow||Abbey House, 2nd Floor, 10 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, G2 6LU||0141 5532415|
|Victim Support Highland & Western Isles||The Inverness Justice Centre Burnett Road Inverness IV1 1AJ||01463 258834|
|Victim Support North Lanarkshire||Dalziel Building, 7 Scott Street, Motherwell, ML1 1PN||01698 336565|
|Victim Support South Lanarkshire||Dalziel Building, 7 Scott Street, Motherwell, ML1 1PN||01698 301111|
|Victim Support Angus||1st Floor, Merrin House, 50 East Abbey Street, Arbroath, DD11 1EN||01241 878507|
|Victim Support Dundee||1 Courthouse Square, Dundee, DD1 1NH||01382 238720|
|Victim Support Perth & Kinross||Unit B1, Highland House, St Catherine’s Road, Perth, PH1 5YA||01738 567171|
|Victim Support Scottish Borders||72 High Street, Galashiels, TD1 1SQ||01896 751212|
|Victim Support West Lothian||Unit 8 Grampian Court, Beveridge Square, Livingston, EH54 6QF||01506 635050|