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.

How to make a report

You can either:

  • Complete the Request Wellbeing Support form and we will make sure you get the support you need or,
  • Report anonymously if you don't feel comfortable providing your details. We will know the incident has happened but will not be able to take any action.

Related resources and support

You may find some of these resources helpful.

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