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Hate crime

Hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s:

  • Disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender:
  • Perceived disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender

From 10 May 2017 North Yorkshire Police will add misogyny into its hate crime policy. Misogyny hate crime is defined as:

“Incidents against women and girls that are motivated by the attitude of men towards them and includes behaviour targeted at them by men simply because they are women and/or girls.”

Examples of this may include unwanted or uninvited sexual advances; physical or verbal assault; unwanted or uninvited physical or verbal contact or engagement; sexually graphic and explicit obscene language; use of mobile devices to send unwanted or uninvited messages or take photographs without consent or permission. You can read more about this decision in DCC Winward’s blog.

Hate Crime inflicts great psychological distress on a victim and victims can suffer post-traumatic stress symptoms such as depression, anxiety and anger. Violence and harassment often takes place as part of hate crimes, often over sustained and prolonged periods of time with long term physical effects on victims, children and families.

Types of Hate Crime

Physical attacks

Such as physical assault damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbour disputes and arson.

Threat of attack

Including offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls, groups hanging around to intimidate and unfounded, malicious complaints.

Verbal abuse or insults

Offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes, and bullying at school or in the workplace.

Social media

Offensive comments and bullying posted on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Report it to us

If you find yourself in an emergency situation – always dial 999.

In an non-emergency you can dial 101 or contact or visit your local police station.

Even if you wish to remain anonymous the information you provide may be vital in helping us bring to justice the people who commit these crimes.

Report hate crime but not to us

The Supporting Victims service can also help. The service provides independent support for anyone affected by crime, whether reported to the police or not. They can be contacted on 01609 643100 or visit www.supportingvictims.org

Another route for reporting hate crime is via the Stop Hate 24-hour telephone helpline which has also recently been launched to assist victims. Stop Hate UK is staffed by trained operators 24 hours a day is available on 0800 138 1625. An online chat service is also available at http://www.stophateuk.org/talk-to-us

You can also report online via the True Vision website

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The Crown Prosecution Service publish a report which details the hate crime cases that have been dealt with at court and gives details of the sentences handed down.

To read about the latest cases click on the link below

Hate Crime cases April-June 2017[pdf]