A hate crime is where someone is targeted because of their identity or perceived difference.

Hate crimes happen because of prejudice or anger based on many things. This could be a person's:

  • disability
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • gender identity

A hate crime can include verbal abuse and threats. It can also be;

  • intimidation
  • harassment
  • violence
  • bullying
  • damage to property

Read more about hate crime on the Essex Police website