Have You Experienced a Hate Crime?


IF YOU have sustained any injury seek medical help immediately.

If the incident has passed and you are in a safe place there are many options to explore.

We know that any act of hate is harmful to a person’s of safety and belonging. We know that it can be overwhelming. Being in control over what you do next is important. Below we will provide you with information and options to consider. Often, victims will want to understand their rights and options before they do anything else.

Here are some things to consider.

  1. If it is safe to do so, ensure you make a record (written, video, photo) of what has happened. Try to remember as much information as possible. If it is a text, email, voice message do not erase it. Even if you decide not to report it is worthwhile to keep it, just in case you change your mind.
  2. Reach out to someone or an organization you trust that can provide support and can provide you with some practical ways to decide on what to do next. wesupporthamilton.ca/resources
  3. Know your rights and the limitations of our current hate laws (What Is Hate-Motivated Crime?, Peel Regional Police)
  4. Reach out to supports/counselling wesupporthamilton.ca/resources
  5. If it has occurred within your workplace-please consult HR or employment or Human Rights lawyers www.ohrc.on.ca/en/taking-action-build-awareness-and-challenge-hate-ontario
  6. If it has occurred within a community setting like a community centre, faith place, sporting event-learn about their hate policies and procedures.
  7. If you want to report it to police call their victim services unit to learn more about this process and then report  hamiltonpolice.on.ca/victim-services/victim-support-services
  8. If you want do a on-line report that does not go to police or want additional supports go here wesupporthamilton.ca

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