What is hate crime?
Any crime or incident which you believe is happening because of race, ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability is a hate crime. You could also be a victim of hate crime if you believe you are being targeted because the offender perceives you to be different in some way.
It could be a crime or incident such as:
• Physical abuse
• Verbal abuse/name calling
Any experience of hate crime may leave you feeling angry, alone, stressed, depressed or frightened. You don’t have to deal with this on your own, we are here to support you whenever you need our help. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t sure whether an incident amounts to a crime or if you haven’t reported it to the police. We are here – to talk, to listen, for advice, for help.
All of our services are free and confidential.
Recent research shows that:
66% of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual people who experience a hate crime or incident do not report it to anyone
66% of people with disabilities fear being a victim of this type of crime and almost half of those asked had already been a victim
64% of Trans people felt their quality of life was significantly affected by the fear of hate crime
90% of victims of racial hate crime said their most recent experience had impacted on the quality of their life
45% of victims of religiously motivated crime felt anxious as a result of their victimisation
What help can I access?
- Our specialist hate crime counsellors will be able to suport you and provide expert advice and guidance.
- You will be given support from a case worker, either on a one-to-one or joint basis, based on your needs.
- If you would like to report the crime we can support you through the process – this may mean linking in with the police where appropriate, and only when you are comfortable with this.
- You can also be put in contact with other agencies and support groups within the wider community, to receive further support, help and guidance.
- We can work with you to help you regain your confidence and overcome victimisation – allowing you to move forward with your life.
We are here to help, please get in touch.