Police Scotland is supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week

Published 14 October 2019

Police Scotland is supporting National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2019 which runs from 12 – 19 October.

As part of this week, we are raising awareness of hate crimes and encouraging people to report them. Tackling hate crime is a key priority for us. If you have been a victim of a hate crime, always report it to us. There’s lots of help and support available for you.

The official definition of hate crime is ‘any crime which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated (wholly or partly) by malice and ill-will towards a social group’.

This means that any of us can be a victim of hate crime at any time. Hate crime can happen in many different ways. It could be someone shouting and swearing at you, threatening you or verbally abusing you. It could be offensive graffiti, being physically assaulted or receiving online abuse. So if you are targeted by a person or group of people and you think the reason you have been targeted is because of:

  • Disability
  • Race
  • Religion/Belief
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Transgender Identity

Then this is a hate crime. There is no excuse for hate crime – if you have been a victim of hate crime or have witnessed it please report it.

How to report a hate crime

Hate crimes are largely unreported to police.

Why should you report hate crime?

We want everyone living, working and visiting Scotland to feel and be safe. We recognise that hate crime has a huge impact on the quality of life of the individual, their family and friends and the wider community. It is only by reporting hate crime that we can truly tackle the issue and bring perpetrators to justice.

Police Scotland is fully committed to reviewing and investigating all reports of hate crime.


Contact Details

Call 101 for non-emergencies and general enquiries, in an emergency call 999. If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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