Hate crime is defined as ‘any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someone based on a personal characteristic.’ It can be an act committed against a person or property. Anyone can be the victim of a hate incident. For example, you may have been targeted because someone thought you were gay even though you’re not, or because you have a disabled child.
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What is hate crime?
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice because of a person’s:
- race or ethnicity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
- transgender identity
These incidents may involve:
- physical attacks
- verbal abuse
- domestic abuse
- online abuse
- damage to your property
- bullying or intimidation
- threats of violence
How can I get help?
- Report online to your local police force here
- Visit True Vision’s ‘organisations that can help page’ for information
- Local agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, can also report the incident on your behalf and provide you with advice and support
- You can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you want to remain anonymous
- In an emergency, call 999 or 112
- Find a service local to you by searching on the Victims Choice website