What is a hate incident?
“Any non-crime incident which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a personal characteristic, specifically actual or perceived race, religion/faith, sexual orientation, disability and transgender identity”
The impact of a hate crime on a victim can be very personal and long lasting. Across the country it is widely acknowledged by criminal justice agencies that hate crime is under reported by victims. Hate crime levels are on the rise across the country and in Hampshire.
Any crime lowers the quality of life for a victim but a hate crime attacks a person’s core sense of identity and belonging within society. Hate crime victims have higher levels of depression, stress and anger, and for longer than victims of other types of crime. This can leave an individual, families and even communities feeling detached and isolated from society and potentially make them even more vulnerable to being victimised.