What is Hate Crime?

ARE YOU A VICTIM OF HATE OR DISCRIMINATION?

If you believe someone is being hostile towards you or someone else because of who you or they are this could be a hate crime or hate incident.

You can report hate crime to the police, you can get help and support and you can contact Hertfordshire Equality Council.

Hertfordshire Equality Council does not tolerate Hate Crime.

Hertfordshire Equality Council will support you and will work in partnership with others to eliminate Hate Crime for the benefit of Hertfordshire’s communities.

 

WHAT IS HATE CRIME?

Hate crimes and non - crime hate incidents describe behaviour, perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by or demonstrating hostility towards a persons’ identity.  People or property can be the target.

Hostility can be taken to mean unfriendliness, prejudice, resentment, dislike, spite, ill-will, contempt and antagonism.

Hate crimes and non-crime hate incidents motivated by hostility towards disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender identity are nationally recorded by police.

However people may not identify with these groups but may be victim to this type of hostility.  Anyone could be a victim of hate crime because a victim of this type of hostile behaviour may or may not be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted.

AGREED DEFINITIONS OF HATE CRIME AND NON - CRIME HATE INCIDENTS

A Hate Crime is ‘any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, transgender identity or perceived disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, transgender identity’.

A Hate Incident is ‘any non-crime incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, transgender identity’.

A hate incident is not legally actionable and is not a crime but hate incidents can feel like crimes to those who suffer them and can escalate to crimes or to increased tension in a community.

EXAMPLES OF HATE CRIME

Have you or someone you know been a victim of a hate crime or hate incident?

The term 'hate crime' can be used to describe a range of criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is motivated by hostility or demonstrates hostility towards the victim's disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity.

A hate crime can include verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, harassment, assault and bullying, as well as damage to property.

 

Examples of hate crimes

  • assaults
  • criminal damage
  • harassment
  • murder
  • sexual assault
  • theft
  • fraud
  • burglary
  • hate mail (Malicious Communications Act 1988)
  • causing harassment, alarm or distress (Public Order Act 1986).

 

By reporting it, you may be able to prevent these incidents from happening to someone else.


A HATE INCIDENT IS DEFINED AS;

“Any non-crime incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, transgender identity”

Examples include:

  • Verbal or online abuse,
  • insults or harassment, such as taunting,
  • offensive leaflets and posters,
  • abusive gestures,
  • dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes, and
  • bullying at school or in the workplace.

 

A hate incident doesn't mean that it won't be taken seriously if someone reports it.

HEC is working towards the elimination of all forms of Hate Crime, challenging perpetrators and provide sign posting to victims.

REPORT HATE CRIME AND INCIDENTS

It is important to report Hate Crime and non-crime Hate Incidents
The police take hate crime and incidents very seriously and will record any crime as a hate crime where the victim or any other person perceives it was motivated by hostility or prejudice. If you, your family or friends believe it was a hate crime, the police will treat it as such.

If you report it you may be able to prevent the same from happening to someone else.  You will also help the police understand hate crime and incidents in your local area so they can better respond.

Reporting can make a difference to you, your friends, and your community.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of or witness to a hate crime or hate incident and you are not sure if you want to tell the police you can talk to Hertfordshire Equality Council in confidence.

Hertfordshire Equality Council will:

  • Listen to you and take what you say seriously
  • Talk with you about what you want to happen
  • Act only as you direct us to

 

Hertfordshire Equality Council can:

  • Help you to get the support you want
  • Help you to report a Hate Crime or Incident to the police if you want to
  • Help you to make a report without giving your name
  • Report a Hate Incident for you 

 

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Hertfordshire Equality Council does not tolerate Hate Crime and wants to eliminate this type of behaviour. We want to support you and work in partnership with others for the benefit of Hertfordshire’s communities.

 

HATE CRIME PARTNERSHIP BOARD

Hertfordshire Equality Council is a member of the Hertfordshire Hate Crime Partnership Board. A multi-agency approach aimed at:

  • preventing hate crime happening by challenging the attitudes and behaviours that foster hatred, and encouraging early intervention to reduce the risk of incidents escalating
  • The Hertfordshire Hate Crime Partnership Board is not funded, but is managed by Hertfordshire Office of Police Crime Commissioner

 

Hate Crime Strategy 2020 – 25 – is due out for consultation soon; if you want to contribute please use this link:  Hate crime strategy

If you are interested in the work of the Hate Crime Partnership Board please contact us.

 

USEFUL LINKS

Report it to the police: Contact details Herts Police and True Vision; Police and True vision

Report it to Beacon: Contact details; Beacon support

Link to Herts Against hate webpages; Herts Against Hate

Link to Crown Prosecution Services; CPS