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What is a Hate Crime really?

From 10th until the 17th October, it’s Hate Crime Awareness Week. But what is a Hate Crime really?

They are defined as any crimes targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:

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


A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime. A main focus of this years campaign is addressing the under reporting and this can happen due to a number of reasons – lack of confidence in the system, a lack of understanding that a crime has been committed, right through to the fear of reprisal.

At Locality we’ll be supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week, showcasing some of our work in partnership with key agencies to uphold community safety and in developing solutions for anti-social behaviour.


Additional Information

In order to learn more, there are a number of useful websites you can visit.


Stop Hate UK



Also, You can always follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #HCAW15

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