Hate Crime is any incident, which may constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate because of a person's:
- Race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origins, including gypsies and travellers.
- Religion or faith, including no faith.
- Gender or gender identity, including transphobia - resentment or fear of transgender people or transvestites.
- Sexual orientation, including homophobia - resentment or fear of gay, lesbian or bi-sexual people. Also resentment or hatred of heterosexual people.
- Disability ? any physical, sensory or mental impairment whether short or long-term. Includes learning disability or difficulty.
Hate crime can take many forms including:
- Physical attacks ? such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbour disputes and arson.
- Threat of attack ? including offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls and other intimidating behaviour as groups or individuals.
- Verbal abuse or insults, abusive gestures.
- Other abuse ? offensive leaflets and posters, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes, unfounded and malicious complaints and bullying at home, on-line, in school or in the workplace.