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:

  • disability
  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • transgender identity

These incidents may involve:

  • physical attacks
  • verbal abuse
  • domestic abuse
  • harassment
  • online abuse
  • damage to your property
  • bullying or intimidation
  • threats of violence
  • graffiti

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