Hate crimes

Hate crimes and hate incidents

Any crime where the victim or any other person perceives it was motivated by hostility or prejudice towards their identity is a hate crime. This includes crimes perceived to be motivated by race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender-identity.

A hate incident is any incident which the victim, or anyone else, thinks is based on someone’s prejudice towards them because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or because they are transgender. Not all hate incidents will amount to criminal offences, but it is important to report to the police.

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