What is hate crime?
Hate crime is the term given to crimes that are committed because of prejudice towards an individual or group.
This can be due to an individual’s:
- race or ethnicity;
- religion or beliefs;
- sexual orientation;
- gender; and
- physical or mental disability.
Hate crime can take place at home, at work or in public situations, and it can take many forms; from emotional abuse and harassment or violent crime to different types of antisocial behaviour.
Though hate crime can feel very personal, it is important to remember that being targeted is never your fault.
If you’ve experienced hate crime, whether recently or years ago, we can help you to cope and recover. When you’re ready, contact us.
How we can help
Support for this type of crime is highly specific to your needs and can include:
- provide emotional support, either over the phone or face to face;
- keep you up to date with what is being done by the police and other agencies;
- help you understand the process of tackling crime and antisocial behaviour, which can take a long time;
- give you advice about your personal safety and home security;
- signpost or refer you to other agencies and services that can also offer help;
- provide support if a case goes to court; and
- help you undertake restorative justice.
If you’d like help and support following hate crime, contact us.