Race and religious hate crime
Both racist and religious hate crimes can be hurtful to the victim as it’s an attack on their personal identity, their actual (or perceived) racial or ethnic origin, belief or faith. They can also be particularly damaging to communities and can leave groups of people feeling marginalised. Race and religious hate crime is the highest reported hate crime.
Sexual orientation and transgender hate crime
Sexual orientation hate crime is second highest reported hate crime. And although transgender identity hate crime reporting has increased, the number of reported crimes remains very low. Any criminal offence can be reported as a hate crime if the offender targeted the victim because of their prejudice or hostility against the LGBT community.
Disability hate crime
Although recent statistics show that disability hate crimes have fallen for the first time since 2010, it is widely recognised that it remains under-reported.
Being made to feel unsafe through violence, harassment or negative stereotyping because of a person’s disability or perceived disability can have a significant impact on their wellbeing. It also impacts significantly on their ability to participate both socially and economically in their communities.