- Call the police or sheriff’s department immediately and make a report.
- Obtain medical attention, if needed. Be sure to keep all medical documentation.
- Leave all evidence in place. Do not touch, remove or clean up anything.
- Document what happened by: taking photographs of the evidence, writing down exactly what was said, particularly any words that indicate bias motivation, and other information that may be valuable.
- Get the name(s), address(es) and phone number(s) of other victims and witnesses.
- If possible, write down a description of the perpetrator and the perpetrator’s vehicle.
- Call 714-480-6580 and report the occurrence OC Human Relations.
- Download a PDF document that explains why you should report hate and the steps you can do if you witness or are a target of a hate crime or incident.
- Download an infographic that offers useful information on responding to hate and reporting a hate crime.
EMERGENCY: Call your local Police Department or 911
Help is available through members of the Hate Crime Network in the form of:
- translation for non-English speakers
- information resources and referrals
- crisis intervention and counseling
- emergency financial assistance
- culturally sensitive orientation to the criminal justice system
- support in communicating with the police, the courts and other authorities.
- assistance with writing victim impact statements, obtaining restitution assistance and filing Office for Victims of Crime Compensation Claims.
In addition, the following agencies can offer support and assistance.
|OC Human Relations||714.480.6570|
|CSP – Victims Assistance||949.975.0244|
|American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)||949.660.5502|
|Anti-Defamation League (ADL)||949.679.3737|
|Asian Pacific American Legal center||213.997.7500|
|Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)||714.776.1847|
|The Center Orange County||714.534.0862|
|Japanese-American Citizens League||949.586.6640|
|Los Amigos of Orange County||714.758.8090|
|NAACP of Orange County||714.543.3637|
|CCEJ, LA and Orange County||562.435.8184|
|Orange County District Attorney||714.834.3600|
|OC Asian & Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)||714.636.9095|
|Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG)||714.997.8047|
|South Asian Network (SAN)||714.403.0488|
|Crime and Violence Prevention Center California Attorney General’s Office||916.324.7863|
|California Dept. of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)||800.884.1684|
|Office of Victims Services California Attorney General’s Office||877.433.9069|
|Sikh Council California||877.225.7454|
|U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime||800.851.3420|
California legislation gives the courts the ability to order the perpetrator to pay up to $25,000 to compensate for the harm you have suffered, and/or as punishment, and/or to deter future violations. The courts can issue a restraining order to protect you from further harm. If you decide to pursue a lawsuit against the perpetrator, your first options include contacting the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and/or hiring a private attorney.