Hate incidents and crime are a type of discrimination. They are acts of violence or hostility directed at people because of who they are or who someone thinks they are. Earlier this week Sky News headlined “Hate Crime In London Up 50% Since Brexit Vote” and The Independent posted another “Three race hate crimes every hour since EU referendum, say Met Police“.
Something is considered a hate incident if the victim or anyone else believes it was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on one of the following things:
- Transgender Identity
- Sexual Orientation
Greater Manchester Police now recognises alternative sub-culture hate incidents. These are incidents whereby someones appearance is reasoning being them being targeted, for example, Goths, Punks, Geeks, Travellers etc.
Hate incidents can be of different levels and take different forms:
- Verbal abuse such name-calling & offensive jokes
- Hate mail, via text, email, post etc.
- Online abuse on social media
- Damage to personal property
- Harassment / bullying or intimidation by any of the general public, whether this is from children, neighbours, adults or strangers
Hate incidents can also be a form of hate crime. This is when a hate incident, breaks the law of the land and this therefore a criminal offence. Any criminal offence can be a hate crime if it was carried out because of hostility or prejudice based on the protected characteristics according to The Equality Act 2010. These can include;
- Criminal Damage
- Sexual assault
If you’ve experienced a hate incident or hate crime you must report it to the police and ensure that it is documented as either a hate incident or a hate crime (as appropriate). Stop Hate UK is one of the leading national organisations working to challenge all forms of Hate Crime and discrimination, based on any aspect of an individual’s identity. For help and advice contact the helpline on 0113 293 5100.
Bullying and Harassment in the workplace is wrong, no organisation should tolerate any form of this abuse. You can find further details on Bullying and Harassment at Work Guidelines on the Acas website. To ensure you have the correct policies in place contact your HR provider to be certain you protect your staff, please do contact us if you require a referral to a HR Consultancy or legal professional in your area, we would be happy to help.
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