What is a hate crime?

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The term ‘hate crime’ can be used to describe any crime or incident where the perpetrator is motivated by, or demonstrates, hostility or prejudice towards the victim because of their disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity or if the victim is perceived to have those characteristics. Anyone could be a victim of hate crime.

Hate crimes can be committed against a person, or against property.

A hate crime or incident could include:

  • Name calling, making fun of someone,verbal abuse
  • Physical contact such as touching, pushing, hitting
  • Refusing to provide a service
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Taking, stealing or damaging someone’s property
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