Hate Crime Charter
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has signed up to the Safer Lincolnshire Partnership's Hate Crime Charter, showing his commitment to;
- Reducing hate incidents & crime across Lincolnshire
- Increasing the reporting of hate related crime
- Working to reduce stigma for victims and communities
- Supporting victims
- Protecting individuals and communities where hate crime occurs
- Educating our communities about hate crime.
PCC recognises that the term 'hate crime' can be used to describe a range of criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is motivated by hostility or demonstrates hostility towards the victim's disability, race, religion and belief, sexual orientation or transgender identity and the negative impact that this has for both victims and our communities where hate crime and incidents occur.
Hate Crime or Hate Incident (from Lincs Hate Crime Strategy 2019-2022)
A Hate Crime or Hate Incident is any crime or incident which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability; and any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.
For the purpose of this strategy the hate crime strands we will be focusing on are:
- Religion and Belief
- Sexual Orientation
However it is worth noting that malice or ill will towards a social group can be based on any identifying factor including the above groups but not exclusively. Also, some people may experience hate crimes and incidents because of more than one identifying factor, for example, a combination of their race and disability.
It is important to note that some hate incidents may not constitute a criminal offence and therefore will not be recorded as a hate crime, whereas all hate crimes are hate incidents.
Hate crimes and incidents can take many forms including:
- Physical attacks
- Verbal abuse
- Neighbour disputes
- Intimidation or harassment
- Bullying at school, college or work
- Harassment by phone, text, email or through the internet (Cyber Bullying).