Hate crime is any incident which constitutes a criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person/people to be motivated by prejudice or hate due to
- sexual orientation,
- gender identity,
- skin colour,
- national origin or
- a disability.
Hate crime can take many forms including:
- Physical attacks including assault, damage to property, graffiti and arson.
- Threat of attacks including offensive letters, abusive or obscene phone calls and malicious complaints.
- Verbal abuse or insults including offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures and bullying in the school or workplace
Some hate incidents such as name calling in a non-confrontational situation may not constitute a criminal offence but is still considered a hate incident and can be reported.
We also work with local community workers and groups to monitor community tensions and where necessary we support coordinated responses to the identified issues
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