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Hate Crime

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Hate crime is where someone is a victim of any crime due to prejudice towards their

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Transgender Identity
  • Disability

You don’t have to be physically attacked or injured to be a victim of hate crime.  Hate Crime can include:

  • Having graffiti sprayed on your house or car
  • Having hurtful things said to you day after day
  • Being pushed, hit or hurt
  • Having something you own vandalised
  • Having something belonging to your community vandalised
  • Having your belongings stolen
  • People threatening you, your friends or family
  • People swearing at you or making abusive remarks
  • People making you feel scared, intimidated or distressed

Hate Crime is unacceptable and is taken very seriously by the Police Service of Scotland.  These incidents should be reported to the police at the earliest opportunity, either to the police directly or if you feel unable to speak to the police directly, then via our online Hate Crime form or via one of our 3rd Party Reporting Centres.  Details can be found here.

Third party reporting

In some cases victims/witnesses of Hate Crime do not feel comfortable reporting the matter directly to the Police and may be more comfortable reporting it to someone they are familiar with.

To ensure all victims/witnesses are able to report Hate Crimes, Police Scotland works in partnership with a wide variety of partners who perform the role of 3rd Party Reporting Centres. Staff within 3rd Party Reporting Centres have been trained to assist a victim or witness in submitting a report to the police and can make such a report on the victim/witnesses behalf.

Examples of 3rd Party Reporting Centres participating in the scheme range from Housing Associations to Victim Support offices and Voluntary Groups. Find your nearest Third Party Reporting Centre.

Further information and advice about Hate Crime can be found at www.hatecrimescotland.org

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