What is Hate Crime?
The definition of 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 or hate'.
A hate crime is based upon any of the following,
If you feel like you have been the victim of a hate crime or incident then report the incident to your local police station. The police take all reports of hate incidents very seriously.
What is the law on racial and religious hatred and hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation?
The law is as follows:
It is an offence to use threatening behaviour or words which are intended to stir up religious hatred or hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation. The law covers the spoken word and written material, including plays, recordings, visual images or audio sounds.
The legislation makes specific mention that the law does not affect freedom of speech and that it is still permissible to criticise, discuss or dislike a religious belief system or sexual orientation.