A hate crime is any offence committed against a person or their property motivated by the offender’s hatred of that particular person or group of people because they are seen as being different. A victim of hate crime may be targeted because of his/her:
- age or perceived age
- cultural, ethnic, national or racial origin
- gender identity
Hate crime may involve persistent targeting with insults, threats or physical attacks. A hate incident is any incident (it may or may not be a criminal offence) which is believed by the victim or any other person to be motivated by prejudice or hate.
Hate crime and hate incidents can have a significant impact on victims’ lives. They can make individuals feel isolated and excluded, and cause tension and even conflict in the wider community.
Members of Equal Lives, a Norfolk charity working to support people living with disabilities produced videos of their experiences as part of their Hate Crime Campaign. This is Barry’s story.
Reporting hate crime
Organisations across Norfolk, including the PCC and Norfolk Constabulary, are working to raise awareness of what hate crime is and send the message that prejudice and hate are not tolerated in Norfolk.
Together we have developed a consistent standard for tackling hate crime and incidents, so that victims can be confident in coming forward and reporting. To report a hate crime to Norfolk Police, telephone 101 or fill in a form on the Norfolk Police website.
In an emergency, always call 999.
Hate crime information
Say no to hate crime by signing the Hate Free Norfolk pledge at www.hatefreenorfolk.com