Published: Monday, 19 November 2018
Day 1: Tackling Disability Hate Crime
A hate crime is any criminal offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by an offender's hostility or prejudice towards someone because of their:
Disability hate crime - as with all hate crime - can occur between strangers who have never met, between acquaintances or within the family.
A hate incident is an act that falls short of being a criminal act and is therefore not a criminal offence, but is still perceived by the victim to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on any of the same characteristics.
All hate incidents should be reported to the Police, as they will be logged and receive a Police response.
When an incident is a criminal offence, it is logged as a hate crime. All types of crime can be a hate crime. Examples can include:
All reports of hate crimes and incidents will receive a Police response. Although the Police may not be able to response immediately, rest assured that they will act on all reports.