The rise of the far right in the UK has, to no surprise, simultaneously fuelled an unprecedented rise in Islamophobic rhetoric and hate crimes. Mosques are increasingly targets of such hate-fuelled acts of intimidation and violence.

The sheer volume of mosque-targeted attacks signals the pressing need for mosques, their staff and congregations, to be safeguarded and protected. Within this remit, the precautionary and pro-active notions of ensuring resilient, secure and safe faith based institutions is becoming increasingly necessary.

Below are different definitions of Islamophobia and Hate Crime.

Physical assault

Physical assault of any kind is an offence. If you’ve been a victim of physical assault you should report it. Depending on the level of the violence used, a perpetrator may be charged with common assault, actual bodily harm or grievous bodily harm.

Verbal abuse

Verbal abuse, threats or name-calling can be a common and extremely unpleasant experience for minority groups.

Victims of verbal abuse are often unclear whether an offence has been committed or believe there is little they can do. However, there are laws in place to protect you from verbal abuse.

If you’ve been the victim of verbal abuse, talk to the police or one of our partner organisations about what has happened. You’ll find a list of them on our How to report hate crime page.

Even if you don’t know who verbally abused you, the information could still help us to improve how we police the area where the abuse took place.

Incitement to hatred

The offence of incitement to hatred occurs when someone acts in a way that is threatening and intended to stir up hatred. That could be in words, pictures, videos, music, and includes information posted on websites.

Hate content may include:

To report an incident, fill in the short form below.