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Illinois v Hate

(877) 458-4283, or 877 IL V HATE
Monday-Friday, 12 PM to 9 PM. Online, 24/7

Report Hate, Find Support

What is Illinois v Hate?

Illinois v Hate is a non-emergency hate incident reporting helpline and online portal to support individuals and communities affected by hate. It is not a crisis line and is not affiliated with or connected to law enforcement.  #IllinoisvHate is a project of the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the CDHC.

In an emergency, call 911 immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the Illinois v Hate Helpline and how your reporting can help monitor and address hate incidents in our state.

Call the Helpline

Report a hate incident & inquire about resources for victims and witnesses

Report Online

Report a hate or bias-motivated incident that occurred in IL

What Is a Hate Crime?

Learn more about hate incidents and protections in Illinois.

Have you experienced a hate incident in Illinois?

Learn more about #IllinoisvHate and how your reporting may help improve responses to hate, expand resources, and direct funding and policy.

Have you experienced discrimination in Illinois?

Unlawful discrimination may be different from a hate crime. Learn more about non-discrimination protections from the IL Dept of Human Rights.

If you need to report a crime or fear for your safety, call 911 immediately.

Tell the police that you believe you have been a victim of a hate crime.

Here are important points to remember when reporting a crime to law enforcement:

  • Record what happened, including the exact words that were said. Save all evidence. Get names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails of other victims and witnesses.
  • File a police report. Tell the officer to check the hate crime box on the report. Ask for a personal copy for your records.

Why Should I Report?

Reporting crimes can help deter future crimes. Hate incidents and crimes harm entire communities, violating their sense of safety and belonging. Reporting hate crimes sends a message that the community will not tolerate these kinds of crimes. Reporting hate crimes can help stop the cycle of violence. 

Reporting allows victims to access resources. Reporting hate crimes allows people to access programs and resources, including the Illinois Attorney General’s Crime Victims Compensation program, which assists victims in paying bills and expenses that result from acts of violence.

Reporting also provides important data about the climate in our communities and guides us -- individuals, communities, law enforcement, and policy makers – to act. Hate crime data is used to direct resources, funding, and policy. 

If no crimes are reported, hate crime become invisible and unstoppable. 

For Additional Help Reporting Hate Crimes

Begin with your local police department. The below resources are not a substitute for filing a police report with your local law enforcement agency. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Call Your Local Police Department: Some law enforcement agencies have special units to investigate hate crimes, such as the Chicago Police Department’s Civil Rights Unit and the Cook County Sheriff’s Discrimination Hotline (call 773-674-HELP) 

For Victim Assistance, including help filing a police report: 

  • Contact a trusted community-based organization for help and support.  

  • In Chicago, the Chicago Commission on Human Relations provides victim advocacy services to victims of hate crimes -- Visit Hate Crime Victim Assistance

Illinois Attorney General

Illinois State Police 

Report a hate crime to the Federal Bureau of Investigation: Report online at or call 1-800-CALL-FBI