Hate Crime is any incident, which may constitute a criminal
offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as
being motivated by prejudice or hate because of a person’s:
- Race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality
or national origins, including gypsies and travellers
- Religion or faith, including no
- Gender or gender identity, including
transphobia - resentment or fear of transgender people or
- Disability – any
physical, sensory or mental impairment whether
short or long-term. Includes learning disability or
- Sexual orientation, including
homophobia - resentment or fear of gay, lesbian or bi-sexual
people. Also resentment or hatred of heterosexual people.
A video aimed at putting an end to homophobic
hate and suicide amongst young gay people has been produced by the
Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and The College of
For the fist time, 36 lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans police
(LGBT) officers and staff from 16 forces across the UK have joined
together to tell their stories and offer hope and encouragement to
vulnerable young people. The video can be seen below:
Hate crime can take many forms including:
- Physical attacks – such as physical
assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbour
disputes and arson.
- Threat of attack – including offensive
letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls and other
intimidating behaviour as groups or individuals.
- Verbal abuse or insults, abusive
- Other abuse – offensive leaflets and
posters, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes,
unfounded and malicious complaints and bullying at home, on-line,
in school or in the workplace.
Hate crime is inexcusable. We do not tolerate it and will take
positive action if a crime is identified. However many incidents go
unreported out of fear or embarrassment.
It’s important to report hate crime because it gives us a chance
to protect you and other people, but the first step is recognising
it’s happening to you and you’re not to blame.
Not knowing what will happen when you report hate crime can be
terrifying so on the next few pages you’ll find information about
our specially trained officers and what they can do to help. You’ll
also find a list of organisations that can offer support and
For more information, download our leaflet Cut Out Hate Crime. or Easyread leaflet Stop Hate