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Hate Crime


‘Hate Crime’ is the generic term used to discuss both Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents.


Hate Crimes are any crimes perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice.


Hate Incidents feel like crimes and often escalate to crimes or tensions in a community.


Both are committed because of a person’s actual or perceived:



Hate Crime, by individuals or groups, can take many forms, such as:


Hate Crime can be any action or behaviour, as long as someone perceives the action or behaviour as motivated by hostility or prejudice.


It does not matter if the victim actually has the characteristic(s) they think they were targeted for. It only matters that the perpetrator believes they have that characteristic.


Reporting Hate Crime


It is important to report Hate Crime so that people affected by it can get help and support. Reporting Hate Crime can also help the police and other agencies deliver a response. Anyone can report Hate Crime, regardless of whether they are the victim, witness or are reporting on behalf of someone else.


There are several ways to report Hate Crime. You can:


For information and support: