Hate Crime Awareness
What are hate incidents and hate crimes?
The Association of Chief Police Officers definition of a hate incident is:
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.
A hate crime is defined specifically as:
Any hate incident, which constitutes a criminal offence, perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.
The motivation can be on account of the victim’s:
- gender identity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation