Respecting differences and saying no to hate is being encouraged as part of the annual Stop and Tell campaign in the Harborough district.
Harborough District Council teamed up with Leicestershire County Council, other local authorities and the police to help spread the vital message.
The Stop and Tell campaign ran last week.
A range of awareness-raising events were held including displays at the Harborough District Council’s Symington Building, Harborough Police Station, staff training days, roadshows and district school assemblies.
A hate incident can be any physical, verbal or written abuse and anyone can be a victim if they feel they have been targeted because of their age, disability, gender identify, race, religion, nationality, belief or sexual orientation.
People who have been a victim, or who have witnessed or become aware of a hate incident, are being urged to report it to Harborough police.
A spokesman for Harborough Council said: “It is the perception that counts.
“If you think it is a hate incident, it is.”
Some examples of hate incidents include people receiving threatening letters which they feel have been motivated by their disability, someone overhearing language they think is racist or a person leaving a gay bar being verbally abused and perceive it was motivated by homophobia whether the person is gay or not.
The district council’s portfolio holder for community safety Cllr Bill Liqourish, said: “We believe that everyone who lives, works in or visits the district, has the right to be treated with dignity and respect and to live without fear of hatred.”
You can also report a hate incident online at www.harborough.gov.uk/reporthate or at the town’s police station in Leicester Road, at Voluntary Action South Leicestershire’s offices at The Settling Rooms in the Sainbury’s car park off Springfield Street, at local libraries or by calling the Hate Incident Monitoring Project hotline on 0116 305 8263.