Hate crime is a term used to describe an incident against someone based on a part of their identity. 

There are five categories of ‘identity’ when a person is targeted because of a hostility or prejudice towards their: 


Race or ethnicity 

Religion or belief (which includes non-belief) 

Sexual orientation 

Gender identity

However, this list is not exhaustive. 

We identify hate crimes within other smaller sub-cultures. Hate crime can be any criminal or non-criminal act such as graffiti, vandalism to a property, name calling, assault or online abuse using social media.