What is hate crime?

Nobody should have to live with the fear and anxiety that hate crime can cause. 

'Hate incidents' and 'hate crimes' are terms used to describe acts of violence or hostility directed at you because of who are are, or who someone thinks you are.  They are motivated by hostility or prejudice based on disability, race, religion, transgender identity, or sexual orientation. This can be an incident against you or against your property, including materials posted online. 

A national anti-hate crime campaign, #BetterThanThat, has been backed by the government and has been launched in response to the rise in incidents after the EU referendum. The campaign is open to all organisations willing to support the fight against hate crime. 

The police and the Crown Prosecution Service take all hate crime very seriously. All police forces would want you to report hate crimes and they take all reports of hate crime very seriously.  

Hate Incidents 
Some examples of hate incidents include: 
·       verbal abuse like name-calling and offensive jokes 

·       harassment 

·       bullying or intimidation by children, adults, neighbours or strangers 

·       physical attacks such as hitting, punching, pushing, spitting 

·       threats of violence 

·       hoax calls, abusive phone or text messages, hate mail 

·       online abuse, for example on Facebook or Twitter 

·       displaying or circulating discriminatory literature or posters 

·       harm or damage to things such as your home, pet, or vehicle 

·       graffiti 

·       arson 

·       throwing rubbish into a garden 

·       malicious complaints, for example over parking, smells or noise 

Hate Crime 
When hate incidents become criminal offences they are known as hate crimes.  A criminal offence is something that breaks the law.  Some examples of hate crimes include: 
·       assaults 

·       criminal damage 

·       harassment 

·       murder 

·       sexual assault 

·       theft 

·       fraud 

·       burglary 

·       hate mail 

·       harassment 

Race and Religious Hate Crime 
Racist and religious crime is particularly hurtful as you are being targeted solely because of your personal identity: your actual or perceived racial or ethnic origin, belief or faith. These crimes can happen randomly or be part of a campaign of continued harassment and victimisation. 
·       Citizens Advice on Racist and Religious Hate Crime. Citizens Advice provides further information on racist and religious hate crime. 

·       CPS Policy on Prosecuting Racist & Religious Hate crimes. The Crown Prosecuting Service sets out their policy and provides further information. 

Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crime 
In the past, incidents against lesbian, gay, bisexual people or transgender people have been rarely reported and even more rarely prosecuted. Research studies suggest that victims of, or witnesses to, such incidents have very little confidence in the criminal justice system. 
·       Citizens Advice on Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crime. Citizens Advice provides further information on homophobic and transphobic hate crime 

·       CPS policy on Prosecuting Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crimes. The Crown Prosecuting Service sets out their policy and provides further information. 

Disability Hate Crime 
Feeling and being unsafe through violence, harassment or negative stereotyping has a significant impact on disabled people's sense of security and wellbeing. It also impacts significantly on their ability to participate both socially and economically in their communities. 
·       Citizens Advice on Disability Hate Crime. Citizens Advice provides further information on disability related hate crime. 

·       CPS policy on prosecuting Disability Hate Crimes. The Crown Prosecuting Service sets out their policy and provides further information. 

Find out more 
·       True Vision offers guidance on reporting hate crime and hate incidents. If you do not wish to talk to anyone in person about the incident or wish to remain anonymous there is an online form for reporting hate crime; you can report non-crime hate incidents to the police to try and prevent any escalation in seriousness. 

·       Internet Hate Crime. True Vision also provide further information on internet hate crime. 

Hate incidents and crimes include bullying, harassment and sexual harassment which are contrary to the Equality Act 2010 the AUB Dignity at Work policy  and Student Code of Conduct.


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