Cambridgeshire Constabulary and our partner agencies serve a diverse community. We also recognise that everyone should be allowed to live their lives free from harassment and the fear of crime. We understand the effect this type of incident can have on the victim, their families and the wider community and because we understand, it enables us to deal effectively with it and its causes.
A Hate Incident is defined as:
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 or hate (against someone's race, disability, sexuality, gender status or religion/faith).
A Hate Crime is defined as:
Any hate incident, which constitutes a criminal offence, perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate (against someone's race, disability, sexuality, gender status or religion/faith).
In either case it is really important that the matter is reported. The report can be made by anyone and not just by those affected - anyone can report it.
Hate crimes and incidents hurt; they can be confusing and frightening.
By reporting them when they happen to you, you may be able to prevent these incidents from happening to someone else. You will also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in your local area so they can better respond to it.
Reporting makes a difference - to you, your friends and your community.
Please see our reporting section for more information www.cambs.police.uk/victims/hate_crime
Hate crime can be motivated by prejudice about:
Race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origins (including prejudice against Gypsy's and Travellers)
Religion and faith (including no faith)
Gender or gender identity often referred to as transphobia - resentment or fear of transgender people, transsexuals or transvestites
Sexual orientation including homophobia, the resentment or fear of gay, lesbian and bisexual people
Disability (including sensory, physical or mental impairment or learning difficulties)
Hate crime can take many forms including:
Physical attacks such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbour disputes and arson
Threat of attack including offensive letters, abusive or obscene phone calls, unfounded/malicious complaints, groups hanging around to intimidate, dirty looks and intimidating stares.
Verbal abuse or insults and abusive gestures
Other abuse, such as offensive leaflets and posters, the dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes, theft or fraud, bullying at home, online, at school or in the workplace.
A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime.