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National Hate Crime Awareness Week 14-21 October

National Hate Crime Awareness Week

National Hate Crime Awareness Week runs this year between  14 -21 October. The national week helps raise awareness of what Hate Crime is and how it can be reported – whether it’s to the police or to a third party reporting centre.


What is a Hate Crime?

In England and Wales, hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted because of hostility or prejudice in relation to: 

  • disability
  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • transgender identity
  • alternative sub-culture

 This can be committed against a person or property. Please call 999 if you feel life is in danger or 101 at any other time. The victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime.

 If a person is convicted of a criminal offence, and hostility in relation to any of the above five categories is proven, then any sentence they receive will be increased to take in to account that it is a hate crime. 

For more information about hate crime, and the police service’s response to it, see the national True Vision website.



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