What is a hate crime?
Definition: A hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s actual or perceived: race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, transgender identity or gender.
A hate crime can be at differing levels from verbal abuse experienced by a lady in the supermarket to physical attacks on a man at work. All of these crimes could be hate crimes if motivated by prejudice or hate:
- Physical attacks such as assaults
- Vandalism, criminal damage, graffiti or arson
- Verbal abuse or abusive gestures
- Offensive communications
- Threats of an attack
- Financial exploitation
What would define a crime as a hate crime?
Anyone can be a victim of hate crime; you don’t need to be a member of a minority group. We currently monitor the following characteristics as a hate crime, but they are not restricted to these.
- Physical or learning disability
- Skin colour or ethnic origin
- Sexual orientation
- Mental health issues
- Religious belief
- Gender identity
It could also be a hate crime if you are a victim of a crime due to your personal characteristics. If you think the motivating factor was because of a personal characteristic, then you have suffered Hate Crime so please report it.
How do you report a hate crime?
Improved recording of these crimes will enable a better understanding and help identify and improve services for victims in communities where hate crimes are evident. If someone confides in you about a hate crime, please encourage them to report it.
- Contacting the police on 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency
- Contacting a local support charity or organisation
- Reporting online on the True Vision website
What can I do if I see a hate crime happening?
If you see a hate crime, call it out:
O – Offer support to the victim, if you feel safe to do so
U – Understand and console the victim
T – Tell the police, or if you can’t then report it anonymously through True Vision
Where can you get support if you are a victim of a hate crime?
All of these organisations will be able to support you if you are a victim of a hate crime. Please also contact the police to report the crime and prevent future victims.