As a multi-cultural law firm, we strive to be a bastion of support to clients who have been victims of hate crime.

Hate crime is a crime, typically one involving violence, that is motivated by prejudice on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, or other grounds. 

In February 2021, our senior partner Mr Michael Chan was interviewed by Mr. Chen Shirong (a former BBC reporter) and a few key pieces of advice were given during this interview to help anyone who is in fear of being a victim or is a victim of hate crime. 

  1. Report any incident to police as soon as practicable after the hate crime has happened to you;
  2. Go to hospital A&E if you have suffered a physical assault;
  3. record, if possible, everything he/she did to you;
  4. obtain any witness contact details as they may be useful to any police enquiry should it be likely you have been a victim of hate crime or racial abuse;
  5. contact a solicitor or help group to discuss what happened to you. As a victim of crime, you may be entitled to compensation for any injuries caused by physical violence. 

Since the Covid pandemic began in January 2020, we have seen hate crime and racist remarks against Chinese and South East Asians increase significantly. 

Please do not think people do not care and if you are alone in this country, there are many support groups around the country like The Samaritans that will always try to help any person. Don’t allow “racism” or “hate crime” to destroy your life. If you are unsure of what has happened or is happening to you, contact ourselves on 07408833510 or email us at chinadesk@cnsolicitors.com to see if we can offer any initial advice or guidance.