What Is Hate Crime?

Hate Crime:

“Any Hate incident, which constitutes a criminal offence, perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate”

Hate crime is any crime that is targeted at a person because of their: Disability, Sexual Orientation, Religion or Belief, Transgender Identity, Race or Ethnicity

A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime.

Hate Incidents:

“Any incident, which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate”

In 2013/14, there were 44,480 hate crimes recorded by the police, of the 44,480 hate crimes:

  • 37,484 (84%) were race hate crimes;
  • 4,622 (10%) were sexual orientation hate crimes;
  • 2,273 (5%) were religion hate crimes;
  • 1,985 (4%) were disability hate crimes; and
  • 555 (1%) were transgender hate crimes.