Hate crime is any physically violent, verbally abusive abusive or threatening behaviour that is typically motivated through prejudice. The motive for such prejudice could include, but not limited to, the victim’s race, culture, religion, sexual orientation, disability or financial situation.
If someone refers to any of the above while abusing you, then they are guilty of a hate crime.
Unlike domestic abuse types, hate crimes are likely to be committed by someone unknown to the victim, outside of their family or community. Hate crime manifests itself both online and face-to-face, and it’s important to recognise that hate crime of any kind through any means should be taken seriously.
Signs of hate crime
A perpetrator of a hate crime may:
- Physically assault someone based on who they are, or who they perceive them to be.
- Verbally abuse someone based on who they are, or who they perceive them to be.
- Incite hatred online, eg. calling for violence against a person or group.
We can support you through our helpline if you believe that you or a loved one have experienced a hate crime, so please give us a call if you need guidance.
If you relate to this information you are not alone; there is help available.
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