Hate crime is behaviour which is both criminal and rooted in prejudice.
We know that hate negatively impacts on people, communities and on wider society. For those affected, the damage can have a long lasting impact.
In our new Don’t Feed Hate campaign we talk about the Hate Monster.
The Hate Monster represents that feeling some people get when they are frustrated and angry and take it out on others, because they feel like they need to show they are better than them. In other words, they commit a hate crime.
We know that young men aged 18-30 are most likely to commit hate crime, particularly those from socially excluded communities who are heavily influenced by their peers.
They may have deep-rooted feelings of being socially and economically disadvantaged, combined with ideas about white-male entitlement.
Committing hate crime is strongly linked to a range of risk factors including economic deprivation, adverse childhood experiences, substance abuse and under-employment. Those who grow up in abusive environments can become addicted to conflict.
Watch our Have you met the Hate Monster? video.
If you or someone you know is the victim of hate, report it to the police, to a third party or anonymously through Crimestoppers. Find out more on the Report Hate Crime page.