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Hate Crime

What is Hate Crime?

Any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s actual or perceived:

  • race
  • religion or belief
  • physical or sensory disability
  • learning disability or mental health
  • age
  • gender
  • sexual orientation
  • gender identity


Actual or perceived hate crime experiences can include: 

  • verbal abuse
  • threats
  • insults
  • nuisance telephone calls
  • name-calling and every other form of verbal harassment
    • physical assaults and physical violence varying from pushing to serious attacks
    • attacks against someone's property, insulting graffiti, vandalism, breaking windows, theft, damaging cars and arson
    • publishing and disseminating material such as newspapers and leaflets which could be likely to motivate hate crime


If you are a victim of Hate Crime, it is important that you:

  • Recognise that it is happening to you
  • Accept that you are not to blame
  • Tell someone that you trust and never be afraid to ask


Reporting Hate Crime

You can report a hate crime through:

Suffolk Constabulary