Report Hate Crimes

OC Human Relations Council has been contracted by the County of Orange to track hate incidents and hate crimes and to produces an annual report that is shared with public officials, universities, police departments and community stakeholders.

We can only do it with your help, please report!

Call our Confidential Hotline 714-480-6580 or submit your by clicking here.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: Our offices are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we are answering our phones; please call 714-480-6580 to report any hate crime or incident We are aware of and concerned about the recent increase in hateful words and actions directed towards members of our Asian American communities. If you have seen or experienced such actions we would like to hear about it, please contact us.

Definitions:

A hate incident is behavior that is motivated by hate or bias towards a person’s actual or perceived disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation but is not criminal in nature. Typically, these behaviors are protected by the First Amendment right to freedom of expression.

In California, a hate crime is defined as a criminal act committed, in whole or in part, because of one or more of the following actual or perceived characteristics of the victim: disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group of persons with one or more of the preceding actual or perceived characteristics.

THINGS YOU CAN DO, IF YOU OR THE VICTIM ARE NOT IN IMMINENT DANGER:

  1. Please consider your safety first – physically or online
    If you are physically in danger, please call 911
  2. Report
    If you have been the target of a hate crime, call the police immediately or we urge you to report to OC Human Relations: http://www.ochumanrelations.org/hatecrime/report/ or call 714-480-6580.
  3. What to do if you witness hate or bigotry (in-person or online)
    Speak up against bigotry, particularly if you’re not the target. Commit to interrupting, questioning, educating and echoing to fight racist rhetoric.
  4. Ask a question to better understand why the person said or did what they did.
    “Why did you call it the ‘Chinese Coronavirus'? "Why do you think that?” “Where did you get that information?” “What made you say that?”
  5. Continue the conversation and explain why what they’ve said or done needs rethinking.
    To educate folks around racism associated with the coronavirus, we need to understand not only the virus but also the racism.
  6. Have each other’s backs. When someone else speaks up, echo them.
    Thank them and emphasize or amplify their message any way you can.