It shouldn’t happen, but if it does…

Hate crime is any incident perceived to have been committed against any person or property on the grounds of a particular person’s ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, political opinion or disability.

You can find more information about the specific categories of hate crime on the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s (PSNI) website here.

How we can help

Being a victim of this kind of crime can be a particularly frightening experience as you have been victimised because of who you are, or who or what your attacker thinks you are. These crimes can take place anywhere – at home, in the streets, and at work, schools and colleges. Incidents can include threats, verbal abuse, arson, robbery, violence towards you and damage to your property.

The effects of hate crime can last for a long time, especially if you have suffered repeatedly. Many people find it helps to talk to someone who understands. We can help immediately after an incident or at any stage.

We can listen to you in confidence and give information, practical help and emotional support. We can also give you information about the criminal justice system and compensation if you choose to report the crime. We can help you deal with a range of organisations, such as your employer and housing agencies, if you are having difficulties with them because of what has happened to you.

For more information please visit www.victimsupportni.co.uk.