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Hate crime

What is a hate crime?

A hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person's:

  • Race (including nationality, national origin, ethnic origin, race and colour)
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability
  • Transgender 
  • Individual characteristic that makes someone appear different 


Examples of hate crime

Any type of crime can be a hate crime. Examples include: 

  • Physical attacks
  • Damage to property
  • Offensive graffiti
  • Arson
  • Threats of attack 
  • Offensive letters
  • Abusive or obscene telephone calls 
  • Anti-social behaviour and intimidation 
  • Offensive language and harassment 

Last updated Friday, 5th May 2017

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