A hate crime or a hate incident is hatred or hostility based on someone's race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability.

Any hate crime is a crime - being different isn't. However hate crimes often go unreported, despite people being encouraged to have the confidence to come forward.  Reporting makes a difference - to you, your friends and your community.

We want and need to hear from victims and witnesses to help us take appropriate action and support those affected.  Take a look at this short film from Superintendent David Minty, our hate crime lead and Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson, who chairs our multi-agency Hate Crime Group

Examples of hate crime:

  • Name-calling or verbal abuse
  • Harassment, like constantly knocking on the door or throwing eggs at windows
  • Bullying or intimidation by children, adults, neighbours or strangers
  • Physical assault, for example hitting, punching, pushing, spitting, violent words
  • Damage to property
  • Threats of violence
  • Upsetting online comments, for example on Facebook or Twitter

... just because of your own or someone else's

  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity
  • Disability

So what are we doing about hate crime?

What do our Hate Crime Advisors do?

How to report it

What is disability hate crime?

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