Hate Crime

2.What is hate crime?

Hate crimes can take place anywhere- at home, in public, or on the internet (ie. via social media).
Hate crime can include:

  • threatening behaviors
  • assault
  • robbery
  • damage to property
  • inciting others to commit hate crimes
  • bullying and harassment

A disability hate crime is when someone commits a crime against you because of their prejudice towards disabled people. 

The Equality Act defines a disabled person as “someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities”.
The Equality Act includes special rules that ensure people with HIV, cancer and multiple sclerosis are seen as disabled people from the point of diagnosis, rather than the point when the condition has an adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.