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Hate Crime

Hate Crime is against the law. It is any criminal offence committed against an individual or property.

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.

You can report a Hate Crime in any of the following ways:

  • By telephone 999 (emergency) 101 (non-emergency)
  • In person at any Police office
  • On-Line Police Scotland Hate Crime Reporting Form
  • Visit a 3rd Party Reporting Centre

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 Centers. Staff within 3rd Party Reporting Centers 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.

Examples of 3rd Party Reporting Centers participating in the scheme range from Housing Associations to Victim Support offices and Voluntary Groups. In West Lothian, third party reporting can take place at:

 

  • Daisy Drop In
Unit 3, Almondbank Centre, Shiel Walk,
Craigshill, Livingston, EH54 5DH
01506 238998 
  • Boghall Community Wing
Marina Road
Bathgate 
West Lothian EH48 1SR
01506 283201
  • Mental Health Advocacy Project
Strathbrock Partnership Centre, 189a West Main Street,
Broxburn, EH52 5LH
01506 857230
  • Victim Support West Lothian
17-19 Waverley Street Industrial Units,
Bathgate, EH48 4HY
01506 635050
  • Carers West Lothian
Sycamore House,
Quarrywood Court,
Livingston EH54 6AX
01506 448000
  • The Ability Centre
Carmondean Centre Road,
Livingston, EH54 8PT
01506 774046
  • The Chill Out Zone  (COZ)
7 Gardeners Lane,
Bathgate, EH48 1TP
01506 652436
  • The Islamic Centre
5 Whitburn Road,
Bathgate
01501 745564
  • West Lothian Youth Action Project
Craigsfarm, Maree Walk,
Craigshill
01506 431430
  • Acredale House
9 Mid Street,
Bathgate
01506 634288
  • Student Association
West Lothian College
Almondvale Crescent Livingston
EH54 7EP
01506 418181