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If someone commits a crime against you or your property because of your age, colour, sex, race, national origin, religion, sexual identity or disability, this is called a hate crime. Being a victim of this kind of crime can be a particularly frightening experience as you have been victimised because of who you are, or who or what your attacker thinks you are.
Hate crime can take place anywhere - at home, in the streets, and at work, schools and colleges. Incidents can include threats, verbal abuse, arson, robbery, violence towards you and damage to your property.
Every year, thousands of people in Britain are victims of hate crimes. Nobody should have to live with the fear and anxiety that this crime causes. It can also affect other people living nearby, especially if they are seen to be part of the same group in society.
The effects of hate crime can last for a long time, especially if you have suffered repeatedly. Many people find it helps to talk to someone who understands. We can help immediately after an incident or at any stage. Our trained volunteers can listen to you in confidence and give information, practical help and emotional support. They can also provide you with information on the criminal justice system and compensation, if you choose to report the crime. They can also give you information on dealing with a range of organisations, for example, your employers and housing agencies, if you are having difficulties with them because of what has happened to you.
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Page printed: 16 October 2019
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