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Hate crime

Hate Crime

Hatred is a strong term that goes beyond simply causing offence or hostility. Hate crime is any criminal offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by an offender's hatred of someone because of their:

  • race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origins
  • religion
  • gender or gender identity
  • sexual orientation
  • disability

Hate crime can take many forms including:

  • physical attacks – such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbour disputes and arson
  • threat of attack – including offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls, groups hanging around to intimidate and unfounded, malicious complaints
  • verbal abuse or insults - offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes, and bullying at school or in the workplace

Our definition of a hate crime:

Hate crime is any criminal offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by hostility towards someone based on their actual or perceived disability, race, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Hate Incident

Any non-crime incident, which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s actual or perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or whether they are transgender.

All hate crimes are hate incidents. However some hate incidents, such as inappropriate name calling in a non-confrontational situation, may not constitute a criminal offence and therefore will not be recorded as a hate crime.

Combating hate crime

West Midlands Police is determined to support people who are suffering as a result of a hate incident. We understand that you may feel nervous about reporting it, but we can help. By working local communities and other agencies, we aim to actively encourage people to report them.

Click here to download the CPS transgender equality management guidance 2014

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