What is hate crime?

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If you have been subject to harassment, victimisation, intimidation or abuse because of:

  • Your race (skin colour, or where you are from)
  • Your sexuality (lesbian, gay or bisexual)
  • Your disability (physical, mental or learning difficulties)
  • Your religion (including having no religious belief)
  • Your gender identity (transgender)

You may be a victim of 'hate crime', which can take many forms including:

  • Physical or sexual assault
  • Physical, verbal or written abuse, threats or intimidation
  • Racist or offensive graffiti
  • Damage to your property or belongings. 

Hate crime does not always include physical violence. Someone using offensive language towards you or harassing you because of who you are, or who they think you are, is also a crime.

Not all hate incidents are criminal offences, but it is equally important that these incidents are reported and recorded by the police.

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Our declaration against hate crime

In declaring our support, Wandsworth Council condemn all forms of hate crime and violence against women and girls.

Our concentration of efforts will be aimed at protecting victims or prospective victims and preventing crimes. We will actively condemn all forms of hate crime and violence against women regardless of the motivation.

It can never be justified to allow our beliefs, practices or conduct to disadvantage, discriminate or commit criminal acts against any other person based on their:

  • Disability
  • Race, ethnicity or national origins
  • Gender identity
  • Religious beliefs or practices
  • Sexual orientation
  • Age or gender

Further information

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