About hate crime

About hate crime

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Hate crimes and incidents are any crime or incident which is targeted at a victim because of the offender's hostility or prejudice against an identifiable group of people.

Hate crimes are motivated by prejudice or hostility based on the victim’s:
- Disability
- Race
- Religion and belief
- Sexual orientation
- Transgender identity

They can be against a person or their property.

A Disability 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 disability or perceived disability.

Disabled people may be subject to hate crimes based on their race, religion/belief, sexual orientation or gender identity as well as their impairment.

A hate crime could include:
- physical attacks such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti and arson
- threat of attack including offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls, groups hanging around to intimidate, and unfounded, malicious complaints
- verbal abuse, insults or harassment - taunting, offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes, and bullying at school or in the workplace.

Disabled people are three times more likely to experience violence than non-disabled people. Disability hatred can lead to murder, yet hate crime against disabled people is under-reported and rarely comes to court. We want to change this.