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Reporting a racist incident

Discrimination and harassment based on a person race is illegal. If you are a victim of this, you don't have to tolerate it. West Sussex County Council is committed to working in partnership with other statutory agencies and the voluntary and community sector to ensure everyone living in West Sussex is free from discrimination or harassment, irrespective of their race, ethnicity, nationality or faith.


What is a racist incident?

“A racist incident is any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person” Stephen Lawrence Enquiry February 1999.

Examples of a racist incident might include:

  • name calling;
  • graffiti and other written insults;
  • refusal to co-operate with other people because of their race and religious beliefs;
  • vandalism or damage to property motivated by racism.


How can I report an incident?

Incidents should be reported to Victim Support who are in partnership with West Sussex County Council to provide the Hate Incident Support Service. The service is free and confidential.

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Email Email: sussexhateincidentreport@victimsupport.org.uk
Phone Phone the Hate Incident Reporting Line on: 0845 0751 021
8.00am-8.00pm (calls charged at local rate)


What will happen next?

If you report an incident we record it only for statistical reasons. If you want help to take further action, a specialist Hate Incident caseworker from Victim Support Sussex will contact you to find out more.

We will not give personal details about you to anyone, including the police or other organisations, without asking you first. Where legal action is taken as a result of the incident you may be asked to give evidence.


Further information

Further information can be obtained from the Better Communities Team.

Email Email: better.communities@westsussex.gov.uk
Phone 01243 382604


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