Article 12 Scotland - Human rights and Equality

Hate Crime

Hate Crime and Third Party Reporting

Our Third Party Reporting Centre has been established specifically to support members of the Gypsy/Traveller community to report hate crime.

What is Hate Crime?

Did you know that Hate Crime is any criminal offence committed against an individual or property that is motivated by a person’s hatred of someone because of his or her actual or perceived race, religion, transgender identity, sexual orientation or disability?

Hate Crime is wrong, it is against the law, and everyone has the right to live safely and without fear.  No two individuals are ever the same – embrace individuality and help put an end to Hate crime by reporting it.

What is Third Party Reporting?

In some cases victims/witnesses of Hate Crime do not feel comfortable reporting the matter directly to the Police and may be more comfortable reporting it to someone they are familiar with.

To ensure all victims/witnesses are able to report Hate Crimes, Police Scotland works in partnership with a wide variety of partners who perform the role of 3rd Party Reporting Centres.  Staff within 3rd Party Reporting Centres have been trained to assist a victim or witness in submitting a report to the police and can make such a report on the victim/witnesses behalf.

How do I report a Hate Crime?

You can report directly using Police Scotland’s reporting form: Hate Crime Form

Or, you can contact Article 12 in Scotland who will complete the form on your behalf.  You do not have to provide your personal details when reporting, but this may mean that the Police may not be able to fully investigate the matter.  You can contact Article 12 in Scotland by emailing us at – please put ‘Reporting a hate crime’ as the subject and provide us with a telephone number so that we can call you for further information.  The number we phone you from will show up as ‘withheld number’ or ‘private number’.  If you do not pick up we will leave a message giving you a date and time when we will call you again.