Hate crime

Stop Hate Uk

A hate crime or incident is any incident that may or may not be a criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate.

The prejudice or hate can be based on a number of factors including:

  • Disability (including learning disabilities)
  • Race/ ethnicity
  • Religion or belief (including no belief)
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity.

Hate Crime can take many forms including:

  • Verbal abuse or insults, offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes and bullying in the school or workplace
  • Threat of attack-including offensive letters, abusive obscene telephone calls and offensive comments on social networking sites
  • Physical attack-such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbour disputes and arson
  • So called 'mate crime' could also come under Hate Crime. 'Mate crime' is when somebody befriends a vulnerable person to take advantage of that vulnerability.

The lack of reporting is a major issue in relation to all hate crimes. Research shows that there are higher levels of hate crime taking place than are currently reported.