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Reporting a Hate Crime

 
If you are the victim of a hate crime, call 911 or your local police department. Once a police report has been filed, your local officials are required by law to report the incident to the Illinois State Police for investigation.
 
Then, if you need more help, assistance is available to hate crime victims.
 
In Chicago, the Chicago Police Department’s Civil Rights Unit will investigate after a report of a hate crime. In Chicago, dial 911 in an emergency or 311 in a non-emergency situation. The City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations then provides assistance to hate crime victims, including at the legal proceedings that may follow a hate crime report and identifying support services. Contact the commission at 312-744-4874, and learn more on the commission’s website.
 
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office hotline for reporting discrimination and hate crime incidents is 773-674-HELP(4357) and is for anyone who feels they are being threatened or targeted as a result of their religion, race, nationality and/or sexual orientation.
 
Those who call the 24/7 hotline will receive a direct response to their incidents by Sheriff’s Office staff, who will help connect callers to other agencies, Sheriff’s detectives, or legal assistance if the matter would be best addressed by external resources.
 
The Center on Halsted LGBTQ Violence Resource Line was created in response to the growing need for victim assistance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive (LGBTQH) people. It is the only LGBTQ-specific program committed to addressing violence against and within LGBTQ communities in Illinois. It has become a cornerstone of recovery for many LGBTQH victims, witnesses, and friends of those who have experience bias/discrimination, or domestic, sexual, hate or police violence in the Chicago area. Contact the LGBTQ Violence Resource Line at 773.871.CARE (2273) or at violence-resource@centeronhalsted.org.