The aims of having third party reporting is to increase reporting of hate crime and to increase the flow of intelligence from the different communities whose members suffer from hate motivated incidents/crime. These are achieved by providing members of the public with an
alternative point of contact, which is different from the police. There are a number of initiatives that encourage and assist victims and witnesses to report hate-motivated incidents and crime, these include:
- Self-reporting schemes, allowing victims to make direct reports of incidents/crimes without having to speak to the police.
- Assisted reporting scheme, involving a third party such as an voluntary organisation, who take details of a incident or crime and pass the report to the police.