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Do you know the basics about Hate Crime?

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
  • Cyberbullying
  • 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
  • Nationality
  • Religious belief
  • Gender
  • 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.