Hate crimes and hate incidents
Camden is 'No Place for Hate’ where no one should experience isolation, segregation, marginalisation, harmful practices, intolerance, hate, the denial of rights, prejudice, violence, or terrorism.
Hate crime is any criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards someone due to:
- race or perceived race
- religion or perceived religion
- transgender identity or perceived transgender identity
- sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation
- disability or perceived disability
The above are known as ‘protected characteristics’.
Hate crimes can take many forms including physical assault, verbal abuse, harassment and damage to property. Hate crimes are criminal offences and should be reported to the police.
In some cases victims 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, in a location that is known to them.
Details of where to report and what support is available can be found by clicking on the links at the top of this page.
What is a hate incident?
A hate incident is any incident which the victim, or anyone else, thinks is based on someone’s prejudice towards them because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or because they are transgender.
Not all hate incidents will amount to criminal offences, but it is equally important that these are reported and recorded by the police.
A hate incident can include verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, harassment, assault and bullying, as well as damage to property.
How is hostility defined?
There is no legal definition of hostility so we use the everyday understanding of the word which includes ill-will, spite, contempt, prejudice, unfriendliness, antagonism, resentment and dislike.
What is intersectional hate crime?
Hate crime can be intersectional in nature, targeting more than one protected characteristic. Usually around 10% of hate crime offences are estimated to have involved more than one motivating factor, the majority of these were hate crimes related to both race and religion.