Religion – Hate Crimes

A hate crime is defined as a crime committed against a person because of their disability, gender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. There are many forms of hate crime, including physical assault, verbal insults, threats, harassment, or graffiti and damage to property.

Hate crimes are taken very seriously by the police, and added measures have been put in place to aim to promote community cohesion, respect and to reduce the number of hate-related crimes.

Young people can be both the victim and perpetrators of hate crimes. Young people raised in homes with racist, sexist or otherwise prejudiced role models can learn and display the same beliefs and attitudes. Some young people may hold stereotypical or inaccurate views about people who are deemed to be different in some way, and need help to understand the positive impact of diversity, and to acknowledge the rights of others.

Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) is an excellent vehicle for teaching children about difference, respect, inclusion and the impact of hate crimes and hateful attitudes. Learning about the cultures and lives of people with varying religions, sexual orientations, disabilities and races can help to build understanding and awareness. Educational resources to explore various forms of hate crime have been developed by the Crown Prosecution Service, which can be accessed here.

Any form of hate crime should be reported to the Police. Victim Support can provide advice, information and support to people affected by hate crimes. Visit their website here.