What is a Hate Crime?. The new definition – Hate crime involves any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a personal characteristic . (Home Office, 2012).
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The new definition –
Hate crime involves any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a personal characteristic. (Home Office, 2012)
We need to look at the harm caused, not what happened. Would you see these incidents as serious enough to report to Police?
Taking each incident in isolation, probably not…..
33 phone calls to Leicestershire Police between 2000 – 2009.
Not one incident was recorded as a crime, they were all classed as ‘anti-social behaviour’.
No one joined the dots.
It is believed by family and friends that no single incident was behind the death of any of the 5, it was the daily grind of verbal abuse and low level hostility experienced by members that led to the dramatic decline in their mental well-being. Research shows that 34% of transgender people have ‘seriously considered’ suicide.
The response of the Police (or any other agency) can only be as good as the information it receives.
Today’s un-subtle message… happen, could it?
Either by 101, 999 (in an emergency) or www.report-it.org.uk
And if you haven’t been given an incident number, you haven’t reported it.