CA vs Hate
Report a Hate Incident or Hate Crime
All are welcome to report hate incidents and hate crimes. If you want to report a hate crime to law enforcement immediately or you are in present danger, please call 911. This is not a law enforcement reporting portal.
How to Report – CA vs. Hate Resource Line and Network
Reports can be made online at any time in 15 languages. People also can report an incident by calling (833) 866-4283 or 833-8-NO-HATE, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and talking to a trained civil rights agent in over 200 languages. Outside of those hours, people can leave a voicemail or call 211 to report a hate incident and seek support from a professional trained in culturally competent communication and trauma-informed practices.
What is the CA vs. Hate Resource Line and Network?
CA vs. Hate is a non-emergency hate incident and hate crime reporting hotline and online portal established to support individuals and communities targeted for hate.
The goals of CA vs. Hate are to help individuals and communities targeted for hate; identify options for next steps after a hate incident; connect people targeted for hate with culturally competent resources; and to improve hate incident and crime reporting data to enhance hate crimes prevention and response.
You can report anonymously. Whether or not you report anonymously, your identity will not be disclosed. The only exception to non-disclosure is if a report is made of child abuse, elder abuse, or activities indicating an imminent risk of violence.
CA vs. Hate will use the information captured through the portal and network to improve services for people targeted for hate. CRD will also issue regular reports, sharing data about hate incidents and crimes across the state that will not identify individuals targeted for hate or people who report acts of hate. This data will help CRD, other government, and community leaders improve efforts to prevent and respond to hate.
Definitions for “Hate Incident” and “Hate Crime”
Hate Incidents: A hate incident is a hostile expression or action that may be motivated by bias against another person’s actual or perceived identity(ies). Perpetrators may be motivated by different discriminatory biases, including, but not limited to, bias on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender, including gender identity. There are two main kinds of hate incidents – (1) acts of hate that are not crimes but violate civil rights laws, and (2) acts of hate that may not violate the law but still cause significant harm in a community.
For a complete list of protected categories under California civil rights law, please to go to CRD | Civil Rights Department (ca.gov). For additional information about criminal civil rights law protections, please go to Hate Crimes | State of California – Department of Justice – Office of the Attorney General or United States Department of Justice-Hate Crimes.
Hate Crime: Under California law, a hate crime is 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 because of the person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
Resources for People Targeted for Hate Incidents and Hate Crimes
The resources listed here are general resources. If you report hate through the CA vs. Hate online portal or phone line, you can work with a care coordinator who will connect you with more tailored resources to meet your unique needs.
- CA Victim Compensation Board Local Resources – for Hate Crime: Using this link will allow you to locate local organizations that may assist you with applying for compensation and provide other resources based on the California county selected from a dropdown option. There is also a second option to select a “situation” from a dropdown menu (there is a “Hate Crime” option). Based on the selected dropdown options, the search will identify the local District Attorney Office, Trauma Recovery Centers (if any), Witness Assistance Centers and Victim Advocates (if any) and Community-Based Organizations. (You don’t have to be eligible for CalVCB-specific resources to access all of these resources.)
- Find a Therapist: CounselingCalifornia.com provides a searchable directory of licensed therapists, most of whom are members of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
- Marsy’s Card Resources: On November 4, 2008, the voters of the State of California approved Proposition 9, the Victims’ Bill of Rights Act of 2008: Marsy’s Law, a measure to provide all victims with rights and due process
- California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Stop the Hate Service Providers: The CDSS, in consultation with the Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs (CAPIAA), provided grants to qualified organizations to provide support and services to victims and survivors of hate incidents and hate crimes and their families and facilitate hate incident or hate crime prevention measures.
- Home – California Reducing Disparities Project (cultureishealth.org): The California Reducing Disparities Project provides resources and information related to this project, funded by the Mental Health Services Act, aimed at reducing mental health disparities for African American, Latino, Native American, Asian and Pacific Islander, and LGBTQ+ populations in California.
Community Specific Resources for People Targeted for Hate
- African American and Black communities
- Asian American, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANANHPI) communities
- Latin(x) communities
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) communities
- Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, and Jewish communities
- People with learning disabilities
- People with physical disabilities
- Mental Health Disabilities
- English and Non-English speaking immigrants
- Students of all ages
- Communities living at the intersection of multiple identities (Coming Soon)
- CalVCB-funded Trauma Recovery Centers
Resources focused on Victims of Crime
- California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) – Learning about Eligibility: CalVCB requires reporting to a law enforcement agency, mental health provider, etc. depending on the type of crime. You may visit their website using the link above to obtain specific eligibility requirements. Please note that reporting a hate crime or hate incident to CA vs. Hate does not meet the reporting requirement for CalVCB eligibility. There are other resources available to you in California that do not require reporting to law enforcement.
- 1800victims – 800-842-8467: California Victims of Crime Resource Center provides resources and referral information to victims and their families.
- VINElink: National Victim Notification Network, provides victims of crime and others access to timely and reliable information regarding offenders and resources.
- CDCR Office of Victim & Survivors Rights & Services: The victim of crime, family member of a victim, or a witness who testified against the offender may request to be notified of a change to the custody status of the offender.
- State Program Information – National Association of Crime Victims Compensation Boards (nacvcb.org): If you are not a California resident and the hate crime occurred outside of California, you may use this link to access a list of victim compensation programs available in the United States made available by the NACVCB.
Many of the resources identified are supported by sister agencies such as grantees of the California Department of Social Services “Stop the Hate,” California Reducing Disparities Project partners, and CalVCB-funded Trauma Recovery Centers. The inclusion of any resource does not constitute an endorsement of the resource by CRD.
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Please submit your suggestions, feedback, and questions at StopHate@calcivilrights.ca.gov. We welcome your opinions and want to hear from you about ways to improve CA vs. Hate.