Hate Crime

Any incident where a person is targeted because of who they are is a hate crime. Whether the attack is verbal or physical, or targeted at a person or property, it is illegal and should be reported.

Whether it is you or someone you know that has been targeted, or you witness a hate crime taking place, call 101 or fill out the form on the site. In an emergency, please call 999.

Types of hate crime

The following are the most common types of hate crime reported to police. However, if you or someone you know is verbally or physically abused because of who an offender perceives you/ them to be, this is a hate crime or hate incident and should be reported to police on 101, or 999 if you are in immediate danger.

  • Disability – Whether someone is targeted due to a physical or mental disability or a learning difficulty, it is treated the same in the eyes of the law.
  • Race and ethnicity – People may be targeted due to their country of origin, their skin colour, the clothes they wear, the language they speak or their customs or beliefs.
  • Religion – Some offenders target people because of their beliefs, seeking out those who attend churches, mosques, temples and synagogues or those who dress a certain way due to their religion.
  • LGBT – People may be targeted due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Some are targeted because they dress a certain way, or attend certain venues.
  • Age – Age related crimes are rare, but they do happen. Usually people think of the elderly being targeted, but it also happens to younger people.