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.

Third-party reporting

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.

ServiceAddressTelephone
Victim Support Aberdeen 41 Regent Quay, Aberdeen, AB11 5BE01224 622478
Victim Support South AyrshireMcAdam House, 34 Charlotte St, Ayr, KA7 1EA 01292 266441
Victim Support East AyrshireCivic Centre North, 19 John Dickie St, Kilmarnock, KA1 1HW01563 540252
VSS - Witness Service KilmarnockSheriff Court House, St Marnock Street, Kilmarnock, KA1 1ED01563 574928
Victim Support Dumfries18 Castle Street, Dumfries, DG1 1DR01387 250883
Victim Support Edinburgh15/23 Hardwell Close, Edinburgh, EH8 9RX0131 6682556
Victim Support FalkirkForsyth House, Lomond Court, Castle Business Park, Stirling, FK9 4TU01324 633433
Victim Support StirlingForsyth House, Lomond Court, Castle Business Park, Stirling, FK9 4TU01786 445782
Victim Support GlasgowAbbey House, 2nd Floor, 10 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, G2 6LU 0141 5532415
Victim Support Highland & Western IslesFairways House, Fairways Business Park, Inverness, IV2 6AA 01463 258834
Victim Support North LanarkshireDalziel Building, 7 Scott Street, Motherwell, ML1 1PN01698 336565
Victim Support South LanarkshireDalziel Building, 7 Scott Street, Motherwell, ML1 1PN01698 301111
Victim Support Angus1st Floor, Merrin House, 50 East Abbey Street, Arbroath, DD11 1EN01241 878507
Victim Support Dundee1 Courthouse Square, Dundee, DD1 1NH01382 238720
Victim Support Perth & KinrossUnit B1, Highland House, St Catherine’s Road, Perth, PH1 5YA01738 567171
Victim Support Scottish Borders72 High Street, Galashiels, TD1 1SQ01896 751212
Victim Support West LothianUnit 8 Grampian Court, Beveridge Square, Livingston, EH54 6QF01506 635050