Most victims don’t always think a crime has been committed or think that ignoring the issue will make it go away, hate crime has become a widely unreported problem in Scotland.
How is a hate crime defined ?
Hate crime is defined as a crime perceived as being motivated by malice or ill will towards a particular social group on the basis of their actual or presumed sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability, race or religion.
All hate crimes and incidents should be reported, whether you have been a victim, a witness or you are reporting on behalf of someone else.
These incidents may include verbal abuse, physical assault, domestic abuse, harassment and damage to property.
If a person is bullied as a result of their disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity, this is also dealt with either as a hate crime or non-crime hate incident. Bullying could include name-calling, being spat at or kicked, or having your things taken or damaged.
If you have been the victim of a hate crime regardless of your actual or presumed sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability, race or religion please report it. Either call 101 or in an emergency call 999. You can also use Police Scotlands online hate crime reporting form and remain anonymous if you wish by clicking here.