What is a hate crime or incident?
A hate crime or incident is any offence perceived by the victim or any other person, whether a witness, friend or family member, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.
Reasons for the crime can be based on the following characteristics:
- Race or perceived race, ethnicity or nationality
- Religion or perceived religion, faith or belief
- Sexual orientation (or perceived sexual orientation)
- Disability and learning difficulties
- Transgender identity
- Gender based hostility
- Individual characteristic that makes someone appear different, e.g. alternative lifestyle, culture, physical appearance
Hate Crimes or Incidents can come in many different forms and varying degrees of seriousness and can include:
- Verbal insults or abusive gestures
- Verbal abuse
- Threat of attack or bullying
- Offensive letters or e-mails
- Abusive or threatening phone calls, texts, e-mails or letters
- Malicious complaints
They can also include physical attacks, such as:
- Physical assaults, which can include a minor push, as well as more serious assaults
- Damage to a victim's house, shed, car or any other property they own
- Offensive graffiti
- Neighbour disputes
- Rubbish thrown in to a garden or dumped near to a home
- Eggs or stones thrown at a house
- Offensive or dangerous substances posted through letter boxes
Why you should report
It is important to remember that when speaking out or reporting incidents you do not have to press charges against people. You can simply record that you perceived the incident to have happened. Control over what will happen lies with you. However if you do report the incident, your concerns will be dealt with in a way that will ensure your confidentiality.
Use our online reporting form to report a hate crime or incident
Daventry District Council wants to provide fair services and treat people well. If in your dealings with council services you experience behaviour or treatment which you feel is a hate incident please let us know. You can use our complaints and comments processes.
All incidents will be investigated unless the person reporting the incident asks us to treat the report as for information only.
Find out more by downloading our Hate Reduction Service Standards
Find out more:
The True Vision website has more information about hate crime
Daventry District Council is signed up to the Northamptonshire Keep Safe scheme to support people with learning disabilities to keep safe and get help in an emergency.