If you’ve experienced or witnessed a hate incident in Philadelphia, you can report it to the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR). The City can use reports to enforce antidiscrimination laws, connect victims with support, or address the issue at the community level.
Defining hate crimes and bias incidents
Hate incidents may be criminal or non-criminal in nature. The type of incident will determine how the City or other authorities can respond to it.
Benefits of making a report
On an individual level, PCHR can use a report to:
- Connect victims with services and support.
- Facilitate the arrest of the perpetrator of a hate crime.
- Enforce local antidiscrimination laws that apply to the workplace, housing, or public accommodations.
On a larger level, reports help the City:
- Ease community tensions through facilitated discussions, mediation, or other techniques.
- Recognize patterns and take action by organizing awareness campaigns.
PCHR partners with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, victim services, and various community networks to ensure that the City responds to these occurrences with a united effort.
How to make a report
You can report a hate or bias incident online or by phone. Among other details, you may be asked to provide:
- Information about the victim(s).
- Information about the perpetrator(s).
- The police report number, if applicable.
You can remain anonymous or identify yourself so that PCHR can contact you.
The online form will take about 30 minutes to complete. PCHR will follow up with you within 7 to 10 business days if you choose to be contacted.