Bias Crimes....Report It!

What is a bias incident?

A bias incident or hate crime is defined in the Attorney General's Guidelines as any suspected or confirmed offense or unlawful act which occurs against a person or property on the basis of New Jersey's nine protected classes: race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identiity or expression, national origin, or ethnicity.

What should I do if i witness a bias/hate crime in progress?

Call 911 to report it.

What if I'm uncomfortable reporting incidents to the local police?

Every County Prosecutor's Office has specific personnel assigned to the Bias Crimes Unit. These individuals are responsible for receiving bias incident complaints. You may also report a bias incident to the NJ Attorney General's Office online at, via email to or by calling the Bias Hotline at 800-277-BIAS

To Report a Bias Incident:

  • Contact your local Police or County Prosecutor
  • Bias Hotline at 1-800-277-2427
  • Email:
  • Online: