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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:
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.
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.
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.
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