What is a ‘hate’ incident?

What is a ‘hate’ incident?

A hate incident is defined as “any behaviour intended to cause harm to another, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by the perpetrator’s prejudice of the victim’s identity”.
The definition covers the protected characteristics of:

  • Disability
  • Gender-identity
  • Race
  • Religion or faith
  • Sexual orientation
  • Ethnicity

All of our Service Access Points are designated hate incident reporting centres. Our employees there will help you to deal with reports or incidents of hate crime.

Where serious incidents of harassment occur or persist, we seek to enforce the tenancy conditions where appropriate – which could result in the offender losing their home.

We adopt the Home Office Code of Practice for the reporting and recording of racist incidents and we incorporate these recommendations into our practice and procedures.

In order to offer reassurance and support to victims of hate incidents, we work closely with partner agencies such as the Police, Wakefield Council and the Victim Support Service.


racist ; abuse ; insulting ; harassment ; sexist ; crime

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