Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality

Hate Crime

Understanding Hate Crime

Hate crime is a particularly serious crime, that can compromise the quality of life for individuals and communities. It damages people and the wider social fabric of our locality. The Home Office and the Association of Chief Police Officers have a nationally agreed definition of Hate Crime;

"A hate crime is any incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by prejudice against a persons' race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, asylum seeker status, religion, sexual orientation , gender identity or disability".

A Hate incident is defined as;

"Any incident which may or may not constitute a criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate".

The trauma experienced by victims of hate crimes is further aggravated as the perpetrators motivation is grouped with hatred, which results form their own prejudices. Underreporting of Hate Crime is very common because of a lack of confidence in the Police and Local Authorities. Sometimes people feel worried about reporting Hate Crime, fearing further victimisation. Victims are often dealing with trauma and distress, combined with fear and persecution. Hate Crime breeds suspicion, mistrust, alienation and fear and promotes isolation. PDREC is working towards the elimination of all forms of Hate Crime, challenging perpetrators and supporting victims.

Are you or have you been a Victim?

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Hate crime is a particularly serious crime that can seriously compromise the quality of life for individuals and communities.  Hate crime has some common characteristics and crimes can be subtle or overt and take various forms.

      • Physical assault and violence.
• Verbal abuse and harassment
• Threats and intimidation, including nuisance calls, malicious and unfounded complaints.
• Psychological and emotional violence.
• Malicious communications, letters, emails & texts.
• Property damage.
• Graffiti.
• Stalking.
• Threatening to disclose sexual orientation or gender identity.
• Offensive leaflets, posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish.
• Public order and other criminal activity.

If you have experienced any of the above you may be a victim of hate crime. If you wish to report this you can contact us, or you may just wish to talk to us about your experience and we offer a free support service for this purpose.

Do you know a victim? – Report hate crime

Being a victim of Hate Crime can also reduce the quality of life for the victim, their family, friends, acquaintances, loved ones and the whole community. If you know a victim of hate crime and you would like to discuss this, please contact us in confidence.


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