Being you is not a crime: hate crime is
What is a hate crime?
A hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by an offender’s hostility or prejudice towards someone because of their:
- Race or perceived race (including nationality, national origin, ethnic origin, race and colour)
- Religion or perceived religion
- Sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation
- Disability or perceived disability
- Gender identity or perceived gender identity
- Individual characteristics that makes someone appear different e.g. alternative lifestyle, culture, physical appearance and style of dress
The difference between a hate crime and a hate incident
A hate incident is an act that falls short of being a criminal act and is therefore not a criminal offence, but is still perceived by the victim to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on any of the same characteristics.
All hate incidents should be reported to the police; they will be logged and receive a police response.
What type of incident can be a hate incident?
- Verbal abuse such as name calling or offensive jokes
- Bullying or intimidation
- Hoax calls, offensive phone or text messages
- Online abuse for example on social media
- Throwing rubbish in a garden
Depending on the circumstances of the incident, some of these may be a criminal offence and logged as a hate crime. They should all be reported and will receive a police response.
Examples of hate crime
When a hate incident is a criminal offence, it is logged as a hate crime. All types of crime can be a hate crime. Examples include:
- Criminal damage
- Hate mail
What response can you expect from the police?
All reports of hate crime will receive a police response. They may not be able to respond immediately, but they will act on all reports. Visit their website for more information.
How do I report a hate crime?
You can report a crime in confidence in any of the following ways:
- For non-emergencies call 101
- In an emergency call 999
- Report online to True Vision
- Call in at a police station or stop a police officer in the street
- Contact Victim Support on 0300 303 1977
- Contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
Victims of anti-Muslim hate can also report online to Tell MAMA or by calling them on 0800 456 1226. Tell MAMA supports victims of anti-Muslim hate and is a public service which also measures and monitors anti-Muslim incidents. It is not a replacement for the Police Service. In an emergency, please call 999.
Warwickshire Hate Crime Action Plan 2017-18
Public and third sector partners across Warwickshire have developed a partnership action plan to prevent hate crime in the county, increase reporting and improve the response and support available for victims.
Warwickshire Hate Crime Annual Report 2016
The annual report below provides a summary of hate crime in Warwickshire during 2015/16 and partnership activity to address the issues.
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