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What is hate crime

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A hate crime is a criminal offence, perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by your race, sexuality, disability, religion or gender identity or a perception of these.

About hate crime

If you have been subject to harassment, victimisation, intimidation or abuse because of:

  • Your race (skin colour, or where you are from)
  • Your sexuality (lesbian, gay or bisexual)
  • Your disability (physical, mental or learning difficulties)
  • Your religion (including having no religious belief)
  • Your gender identity (transgender)

You may be a victim of 'hate crime', which can take many forms including:

  • Physical or sexual assault
  • Physical, verbal or written abuse, threats or intimidation
  • Racist or offensive graffiti
  • Damage to your property or belongings. 

Hate crime does not always include physical violence. Someone using offensive language towards you or harassing you because of who you are, or who they think you are, is also a crime.

Not all hate incidents are criminal offences, but it is equally important that these incidents are reported and recorded by the police.

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Updated: 03 November 2020