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Hate crime

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What is hate crime?

Hate crime is any criminal offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by an offender's hatred of someone because of their:

  • Race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origins
  • Religion
  • Gender or gender identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability 

Hate crime can take many forms including:

  • Physical attacks - physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbour disputes and arson
  • Threat of attack - including offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls, groups hanging around to intimidate and unfounded, malicious complaints
  • Verbal abuse or insults - offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes, and bullying at school or in the workplace

The Home Office definition of a hate crime:

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

The Equality Act 2010 imposes a duty on us to ensure the community has access to a third party reporting mechanism.  Third party refers to the ability for a person to report a hate crime to another organisation other than the police.

In order to comply with legislation we, alongside all of the other district councils in Oxfordshire and Thames Valley Police have agreed to enter into a years agreement with Stop Hate UK (charitable status) in order to facilitate a 24/7 reporting scheme across the county.

Topaz

Topaz is a collection of people; both from the Oxfordshire County Council Early Intervention Service and volunteers, who run groups with and for young people who would like a safe space to explore their feelings and gain a better understanding of themselves. Particularly those young people (13-25) who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender. This group is also for people who are unsure about their sexuality and may be questioning it. Friends of young people are also welcome at their first couple of meetings for support.

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