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'Hate incidents' and 'hate crimes' are terms used to describe acts of hostility, prejudice or violence directed at people because of who they are or who someone thinks they are.  They are motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person's disability, race, gender, sexuality, religion or transgender identity. 

Hate Incidents 

Some examples of hate incidents include;
  • verbal abuse 
  • harassment
  • bullying or intimidation 
  • physical attacks such as pushing or spitting
  • threats of violence
  • hoax calls, abusive phone or text messages, hate mail
  • online abuse
  • displaying or circulating discriminatory literature or posters
  • harm or damage to things such as your home, pet, or vehicle
  • graffiti
However, please know that this is not a full list. Just because something isn’t included here doesn’t mean it isn’t a hate incident.

Hate Crime


When hate incidents become criminal offences they are known as hate crimes.  A criminal offence is something that breaks the law.  Some examples of hate crimes include:

  • assaults
  • criminal damage
  • harassment
  • sexual assault
  • theft
  • fraud
  • burglary
  • hate mail

Race and Religious Hate Crime 

Racist and religious crime is particularly hurtful to victims as they are being targeted solely because of their personal identity: their actual or perceived racial or ethnic origin, belief or faith. These crimes can happen randomly or be part of a campaign of continued harassment and victimisation. 


Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crime

In the past, incidents against lesbian, gay, bisexual people or transgender people have been rarely reported and even more rarely prosecuted. Research studies suggest that victims of, or witnesses to, such incidents have very little confidence in the criminal justice system. 


Disability Hate Crime

Feeling and being unsafe through violence, harassment or negative stereotyping has a significant  impact on disabled people's sense of security and wellbeing. It also impacts significantly on their ability to participate both socially and economically in their communities.


Find out more 

  • True Vision offers guidance on reporting hate crime and hate incidents. If you do not wish to talk to anyone in person about the incident or wish to remain anonymous there is an online form for reporting hate crime; you can report non-crime hate incidents to the police to try and prevent any escalation in seriousness.
  • Internet Hate Crime. True Vision also provide further information on internet hate crime. 
 

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