What is a HIRC?
Hate Incident Reporting Centres, or HIRCs, are community venues where individuals can report hate incidents and hate crimes, either as a victim or a witness.
A HIRC can act as an alternative place for reporting hate crimes/hate incidents rather than directly to the police.
Why do we need HIRCS?
According to the 2011 Crime Survey of England and Wales only 23% of hate crimes/hate incidents were reported.
Recommendation 16 of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry recognises the need for ‘the ability to report at locations other than police stations’.
It is clear that victims/witnesses feel more comfortable reporting at alternative venues for a number of reasons.
If you feel you have been the victim of a hate crime please call or visit: