Hate crime or incidents
A hate crime or incident is an action which is motivated by hostility or prejudice based upon the victim’s perceived:
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
Hate incidents or crimes 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 telephone calls, groups hanging around to intimidate and unfounded, malicious complaints
- verbal abuse or insults - offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes, and bullying at school or in the workplace.
A victim does not have to be a member of the group to perceive the incident as hate related.
For further information on hate crime, please visit the Home Office website.
If you feel that you have been targeted in this way, you can report the incident using the antisocial behaviour hotline.
Multi agency protocol
The Multi agency protocol is a code of practice that Norwich City Council has agreed to use together with other partner agencies in Norfolk with the aim of creating a consistent standard for tackling hate crime incidents across the county. This will enable victims to be confident in coming forward and reporting incidents, and they will know what to expect when they do make reports.
Multi agency protocol (1.27 Mb pdf)
Hate Free Norfolk