Hate Crimes: Coping Strategies, Reporting Guidelines, and Building Emotional Resilience

What is a Hate Crime & How do I report?

At the federal level, a crime motivated by bias against race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability. Bias or Hate Incident: Acts of prejudice that are not crimes and do not involve violence, threats, or property damage.

If you believe you are the victim of a hate crime or believe you witnessed a hate crime—

STEP 1: Report the crime to your state or local police.
Dial 9-1-1 or call your local police station.
Police officers may reach out to you for more information as they investigate the crime.

STEP 2: Quickly follow up this report by reporting the crime to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Online: You can report a hate crime to the FBI online at: tips.FBI.gov.
Follow the instructions on the pop-ups and fill out the online form to report a hate crime.
By Phone: Call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).

If you are not comfortable with contacting the local police, you can also reach out to your local FBI field office. Find the phone number for the FBI field office closest to you at www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices. The FBI may reach out to you for more information as they investigate the crime.

SOURCE: Department of Justice: Georgia Hate Crimes Fact Sheet

Not every hate incident involves a crime. You can report any incident to the Civil Rights Division at civilrights.justice.gov.

Report discrimination at CAIR GA: Report an incident.

Report threats or targets of hate crimes at ADC.


Bystander Intervention: Empowering Actions Against Hate

Practicing bystander intervention is crucial when witnessing a hate crime, as it can help prevent further harm and demonstrate solidarity with the victim. By intervening, bystanders can disrupt the incident, potentially de-escalating the situation and providing immediate support to the victim. Moreover, intervening sends a powerful message that hate and discrimination will not be tolerated in the community. Bystander intervention also fosters a sense of responsibility among individuals to actively address injustices, promoting a safer and more inclusive society for everyone.

Click on the graphic to the left to learn more about the Do’s and Don’ts of Bystander Intervention from The American Friends Service Committee.

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