Anti-social behaviour policy and procedure

Hate crime

Hate crime is defined as:

"any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someone based on a personal characteristic."

There are five strands of hate crime, monitored nationally:

  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or beliefs
  • sexual orientation
  • disability
  • transgender identity

Hate crimes are a subset of notifiable crimes that are recorded by the police. All complaints of hate crime will be taken seriously and will be forwarded to the police, unless they have been made maliciously. We will work in partnership with the police and other partners including those that specifically offer support to individuals whom feel they are a victim of hate crime to resolve the complaint and will prioritise accordingly any action taken.