Q643: What is hate crime or hate incident?

The definition of a hate crime is:

'Any hate incident, which constitutes a criminal offence, perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate'.

A hate crime is based upon any of the following:

  • Race
  • Sexual orientation
  • Faith
  • Disability
  • Transgender identity

If you feel like you have been the victim of a hate crime or incident then report the incident to Police Scotland by dialling 101. The police take all reports of hate incidents very seriously.

How useful did you find the answer?

Current answer rating


Do you still need to contact the police force?

If you can't find the answer? Ask a question