Who can be a victim of a Hate Crime?
Hate crime is when someone is victimised because of their race, religion, culture/subculture, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity.
Why does reporting a Hate Crime matter?
It’s important to report, no matter how big or small the hate is. Hate can divide people and if left untargeted can lead to divisions between whole communities. By pretending it doesn’t happen, those who do commit Hate Crimes will go undetected. This leads to areas being falsely represented and subsequently fewer resources being put forward to help areas in need.
Hate crime in Hampshire:
Hate crime statistics in Hampshire:
- 2018-2021: hate crime saw an increase of 1000 cases
- 2020-2021: 3528 reported cases
- 2019-20: 2969 reported cases
- 2018-2019: 2726 reported cases
This may not build a true picture of Hate Crime if not all cases are reported, but it’s still useful. While the statistics for Hampshire don’t narrow down where the crimes were committed, we can presume that the majority of it came from high population areas, such as Portsmouth and Southampton.
Reporting Hate Crimes
For more information about Hate Crimes in Portsmouth, the council have created a specific online page on their Safer Portsmouth website that is dedicated to Hate Crime. The page also links to another place to report Hate Crime: True Vision, a website run by the police.