Hate incidents and hate crime in Norfolk

Norfolk County Council works closely with the police and other partner agencies to tackle hate incidents and make sure victims are able to access support and to report incidents that have either happened to them or if they have witnessed someone else being bullied, harassed or abused.

What is a hate incident or hate crime?
A hate incident is any incident which is perceived by the person, or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hatred. It may or may not be a crime and is defined as being any incident:

  • Perceived by the receiving person or any other person/s as being motivated by prejudice or hate.
  • Committed against a person or their property motivated by the offender’s hatred of that particular person or group of people because they are seen as being different.

A hate incident/crime can be anything from name calling, physical attack, vandalism or stealing a person’s property, motivated by prejudice, hostility or hatred towards that person’s:

  • Disability
  • Race or ethnicity
  • Religion or belief
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender
  • Transgender identity
  • Age
  • Sub-culture/lifestyle

Only the police can decide whether a hate incident is a crime. For this reason, it’s important that any hate incidents are reported.

A ‘mate crime’ (as defined by the Safety Net Project) is when vulnerable people are befriended by members of the community who go on to exploit and take advantage of them.

For more information or to report an incident, visit the website www.hatefreenorfolk.com