Hate Crime is any crime that you think has happened to you because of disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.
Hate Crime laws protect certain groups of people in the UK, who fall under what is called a ‘protected characteristic’.
Protected Characteristics include:
- -Race or Ethnicity
- -Religion or Belief
- -Transgender Identity
- -Sexual Orientation
You can also be a victim of Hate Crime if you are not part of one of these groups, but someone might perceive you to be so.
You can also be part of more than one group.
Some examples of hate crime:
- Damage to your house, car, or other possessions
- Verbal abuse
- Attacks or Violence
- Graffiti Arson or Fire
- Online harassment and abuse