What do we mean by a hate incident?
A hate incident is any incident where you or someone else has been targeted because you or they are believed to be different, this may be motivated by: age, disability, gender identity, race, religion/belief or sexual orientation.
An incident / offence may be physical, verbal or written and can take many forms including:
- Physical attack – such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti
- Threat of attack – including offensive letters, abusive or obscene calls
- Verbal abuse or insults
- Offensive leaflets and posters, hate mail, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes
- Harassment*, bullying and victimisation
*Harassment is ‘unwanted behaviour that a person finds intimidating upsetting, embarrassing, humiliating or offensive’
Page Last Updated: 10 January 2013