Hate crime

What is hate crime?

A hate crime is any criminal offence that you believe, or anyone else believes, is motivated by the offender's prejudice or hatred of you because of your:

  • race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origins
  • religion
  • gender or gender identity
  • sexual orientation
  • disability
  • alternative subculture

It can can take many forms including:

  • physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, arson
  • verbal threats, offensive letters, abusive or obscene phone calls, intimidatory gangs, malicious complaints
  • offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, rubbish-dumping outside your home or through a letterbox, bullying at school or work

For information on how we seek to deal with hate incidents, please see our Hate Incident Policy and Procedure (pdf 57.2kb).

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