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Hate crime is the targeting of individuals, groups and communities because of who they are. It is a criminal offence and is often motivated by hostility or prejudice.
This might be because of a victim's:
Hate crime can include things like graffiti; offensive mail; assault; harassment; verbal abuse; or offensive literature. This can lead to financial burdens of having to repair property and taking time off work. It can lead to anger and fear of repeat attacks. It can also lead to depression, worsening of existing health conditions and mental health issues.
If you are the victim of hate crime, nothing is too minor to report to the police. You can contact them using the details below.