Hate Crime

Date published: 23rd July 2019

What is Hate Crime?

A crime that the victim or any other person perceives to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards any aspect of a person’s identity such as, race, colour, religion, national and ethnic origin, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation of another individual or group that is intimidating, upsetting, embarrassing, humiliating or offensive, which affects your dignity.

This may include verbal abuse, threatening behaviour, physical abuse, malicious communications, damage to property or possessions and arson, or attempted arson.

Hate crimes can include:

  • Threatening Behaviour
  • Damage to Property
  • Assault
  • Harassment
  • Inciting Others to Commit Hate Crimes
  • Robbery

Report Hate Crime

Call 999 if you are reporting a crime that is in progress or if someone is in immediate danger

Crimes committed against someone because of their disability, transgender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation are hate crimes and should be reported to the police.

It is important that you do report hate crime incidents, because this will enable agencies to monitor where these incidents are taking place and take action.

You can report hate crime online.

If the crime is not an emergency, call 101 or contact your local police.

Find out what support you can get if you are the victim of crime.