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Hate crime

If you've experienced an act of violence or hostility because of who you are or someone thinks you are, you may have been the victim of a hate incident or hate crime. Hate incidents and hate crime happen because of prejudice or hostility based on a person's disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity.

The law considers hate incidents and hate crime to be particularly serious. This section explains what you can do if you've experienced, or know someone who has experienced, a hate incident or crime.

What are hate incidents and hate crime?

Explains what is meant by hate incidents and hate crimes, including legal definitions, and action you can take.

How to report a hate incident or hate crime

Explains how you can report a hate incident or hate crime directly to the police, or through an online reporting facility or local organisation. Also tells you what information to include in your report, and sources of support.

Problems reporting a hate incident or hate crime

What to do if you feel the police are not taking your report of a hate incident or hate crime seriously, or are treating it as anti-social behaviour instead.

Disability hate crime

Explains what is meant by a disability hate incident or hate crime. Covers violence or hostility because you are, or someone thinks you are disabled, or because of your association with a disabled person.

Racist and religious hate crime

Explains what is meant by a racist or religious hate incident or hate crime. Covers violence or hostility because of the race or religion of you, or someone you associate with.

Sexual orientation and transgender identity hate crime

Explains what is meant by a sexual orientation and transgender identity hate incident or hate crime. Covers violence or hostility because of the sexual orientation or transgender identity of you, or someone you associate with.

Easy-to-read guide about hate crime

Link to information about hate crime, written for people with learning difficulties. It tells you what hate crime is, what you can do if it is happening to you and where to get advice and support.