A hate crime is any instance where someone has been targeted because they are believed to be different. You don't have to be:
- from a minority ethnic background or
- from a particular religion or faith
to be the victim of a hate crime.
If the offender believes you are, or even if someone else thinks you've been targeted for that reason, it's a hate incident and should be reported to the police.
Hate incidents may or may not be a criminal offence. It doesn't matter if you're not sure, report it to the police. We take all reports of hate incidents seriously. It may include verbal or written abuse, harassment or intimidation, damage to property, assault, or offensive texts or emails or comments on social media such as Facebook or Twitter.
Why report a Hate Crime?
Hate incidents and hate crimes are cowardly and unacceptable and no-one should have to put up with this sort of abusive behaviour. As well as the victim, such offences can also affect family members and sometimes a whole section of the community.
Don't suffer in silence; speak to the police, a friend, relative, carer, teacher.
There are many other ways to report Hate Crime,the important thing is that you tell someone about it: You can report online via the True Vision website which is especially dedicated to hate crimes and hate incidents.