"Any Incident motivated by malice or ill-will towards a social group."

A Hate crime is any crime motivated by malice or ill-will towards a social group.

A Hate Incident  is - Any incident, which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice, hatred or ill-will towards any social group.

A Hate Crime is - Any Hate incident, which constitutes a criminal offence, perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice, hatred or ill-will towards a social group.

Anyone can be the victim of a Hate Incident.

Any incident perceived by any person to have been motivated by hatred, malice or prejudice of Race, Religion/Faith, Sexual Orientation, Transgender Identity or Disability are recorded, monitored and investigated as Hate Incidents.

Types of Hate Incidents

 Hate Incident - Race

Racial incidents take many forms but include; verbal abuse, graffiti, damage to property, physical assault and threats of violence and intimidation which has occurred or perceived to have occurred by reason of race, colour, nationality or ethnic origin.

Hate Incident- Religion/Faith/Belief

Incidents can include those motivated by hatred or prejudice of a religion or a perceived religious affiliation.


Sectarianism - These include incidents between sections of the same faith eg Catholic - Protestant sections of the Christian faith, or Sunni - Shia sections of the Muslim faith.

Hate Incident - Disability

Is an incident that is perceived by the victim or any other person to have been perpetrated on the grounds of malice or ill-will against someone's disability. A persons Disability can be actual or perceived.

Hate Incident - Sexual Orientation

This is an incident that is perceived by the victim or any other person to have been perpetrated on the grounds of malice or ill-will against someone's sexual orientation. This includes anyone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual or heterosexual.

For example, a gay man is assaulted and the motivation for this attack is due to their sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation. This would be categorised as Hate Crime - Sexual Orientation. This is also the case with the other combinations of sexual orientations.

Hate Incident - Transgender Identity

This is an incident that is perceived by the victim or any other person to have been perpetrated on the grounds of malice or ill-will against someone's transgender identity. A persons Transgender Identity can be actual or perceived. Transgender includes any person who is Transexual, a Transvestite, intersex people, and anyone who has a gender identity which is not simply a standard male or female gender identity. For example, a Hate Incident - Transgender Identity would be recorded if a person was assaulted because they were perceived to be temporarily cross-dressing or if they were assaulted because they were perceived to have undergone gender reassignment.