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Hate crime and hate incidents

Everyone has the right to be safe and secure and to live free from fear or harassment. Hate incidents / crime are based on ignorance, prejudice, discrimination and hate and have no place in our society.

Hate crime

Any incident which constitutes a criminal offence that it perceived by the victim, or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.

Hate incident

Any incident which may or may not constitute a criminal offence that is perceived by the victim, or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate
Hate Crime / Incidents can be motivated by

  • Disability – including learning disabilities and/or mental and emotional distress
  • Gender identity
  • Race / ethnicity
  • Religion or belief
  • Sexual orientation

This list is not exhaustive, hate crime can be motivated by many different types of prejudice

Hate crimes / incidents can take many forms:

  • Physical attack – such as a physical assault, on the victim or his/her family or carer, damage to property or pets, offensive graffiti and arson
  • Threat or attack – including offensive letter, abusive telephone calls, groups hanging around to intimidate and unfounded malicious complaints
  • Verbal abuse or insults – offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes and bullying at school or the workplace

How to report it:

In an emergency please dial 999
For ALL non-emergencies call 101 or use our online form

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