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Hate crime

The Scottish Government defines Hate Crime as crime committed against a person or property that is motivated by ‘malice or ill-will towards an identifiable social group’. It's likely that you are a victim of a hate crime if you believe that someone has targeted you because of their prejudice against an aspect of your identity.

In Scotland, the law recognises hate crimes as crimes motivated by prejudice based on:

  • race
  • religion
  • sexual orientation
  • transgender identity
  • disability

You don't need to be a member of a minority community to be a victim of hate crime. The law is quite clear that the identity of the victim is irrelevant as to whether something is a hate crime or not. The motivation of the perpetrator is the key factor in defining a hate crime.

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