What are hate incidents? 
Hate incidents are defined as ‘any non-crime perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate’. 
Some examples of hate incidents include: 
  • Spoken words with a hate-element that are insulting 
  • Mocking and humiliating someone because of their identity 
  • Spreading false rumours about someone based on identity-based stereotypes 
What are hate crimes? 
A hate crime is defined as ‘any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice’. 
Some examples include: 
  • A physical assault during which someone uses prejudiced (e.g. racist or homophobic) language  
  • Property damage, such as graffiti that contains a hate-based message or symbol 
  • Abusive and threatening words stated in a public space that are likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress (also considered as hate speech). 

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