What is a hate crime?
Hate crimes and incidents come in many different forms. It can be because of hatred on the grounds of your race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability.
A hate crime is a crime that has been committed where the victim believes their attacker was motivated by their hatred of and prejudice towards their race, religion, sexual orientation, trans identity or disability.
Hate crimes and incidents come in many different forms. Any abusive behaviour that expresses prejudice can be a hate crime, and this can include:
- Verbal abuse.
- Acting in a threatening or intimidating way.
- A physical attack.
- Stealing or damaging your belongings.
- Sending abusive or offensive messages.
- Encouraging others to target people who have a shared identity, for example, LGBT+ people, wheelchair users, Black people, etc.
Hate crime in any form is wrong. That is why it is important that if any hate crime happens to you or someone you know, you should report it.