Hate crime

Hate crimes and hate incidents are acts motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person because of who they are or who someone thinks they are.

What is a hate crime?

A hate crime is an action or behaviour that is motivated by hostility towards a protected characteristic. These are:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex and sexual orientation
  • marriage and civil partnership or
  • pregnancy and maternity.

Anyone can be a victim of hate crime. You do not have to be a member of the group the hostility is aimed at. For example, you could be called a religious slur without being a member of that religious group.

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