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National Hate Crime Awareness Week

It’s National Hate Crime Awareness Week from 9 to 16 October 2021. 
A hate incident is any incident which the victim, or anyone else, thinks is based on someone’s prejudice towards them because of:
  • their race
  • their religion
  • their sexual orientation
  • their disability
  • their transgender identity

Not all hate incidents will amount to criminal offences, but those that do become hate crimes.

A hate crime is defined specifically as:

“Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s:

  • (perceived or actual) disability (including mental health or learning difficulty)
  • (perceived or actual) race, colour or nationality
  • (perceived or actual) religion or belief
  • (perceived or actual) sexual orientation
  • (perceived or actual) gender identity”.

Hate incidents and hate crime are acts of hostility directed at people because of who they are or who someone thinks they are.

Find more information about hate crimes, and how to report them, on our website

You can also make use of these specialist organisations to find further information:
  • Stop hate uk – one of the leading national organisations working to challenge all forms of Hate Crime and discrimination, based on any aspect of an individual’s identity
  • Galop – the UK’s LGBT+ anti-abuse charity
  • Tell MAMA – supports victims of anti-Muslim hate and is a public service which also measures and monitors anti-Muslim incidents
  • Scope – the disability equality charity in England and Wales
  • CST – charity protecting the Jewish community and provides antisemitic hate crime reporting service
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