About hate crime
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 victimís:
- 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 personís disability or perceived disability.
It 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 3 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.