Hate incidents and crime are acts of violence or hostility towards people because of who they are or who they think they are, and in this article are some frequently asked questions about the subject of hate crime.
What are hate incidents/hate crime?
The Crown Prosecution Service and police say something is a hate incident if the victim or witness believe an act was motivated by prejudice or hostility based on one or more of the following things:
- Transgender identity
- Sexual orientation
What type of incidents can be a hate incident?
- Verbal abuse
- Bullying or intimidation
- Physical attacks
- Threats of violence
- Online abuse and more
When does a hate incident become a hate crime?
Once the hate incident breaks the law, it becomes a hate crime. Any criminal offence can be a hate crime if it was carried out because of hostility to disability, race, religion, transgender identity or sexual orientation.
- Criminal damage
- Sexual assault
- Causing harassment, alarm or distress
What can you do about a hate incident or crime?
If you’ve experienced a hate incident or crime you can report it to the police. You can also report an incident or crime if it wasn’t directed at you, if you were a friend, neighbour or a bystander.
When reporting the incident, you must state whether you believe it was because of disability, race, religion, transgender identity, sexual orientation or a number of these things. This allows the police to record it as a hate crime.